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Darlene Stowell 
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Re: “Vermont Animal-Rights Activists Aim to Keep Pets Safe From Traps

Traps do not discriminate. Traps are inhumane and they have no place in this modern day world. It is interesting that so many people are against trapping yet their voices are not heard and it is the 1% that are trappers who get to have their rights in ALL OF OUR Forests. The majority should be heard and the majority should have the right to decide if trapping is allowed. If that happened, trapping would be abolished as it should be.

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Posted by Darlene Stowell on 10/25/2015 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Vermont Animal-Rights Activists Aim to Keep Pets Safe From Traps

Well Mr. Covey,

Just to set the record straight. I currently live in NH but I was born in Vermont and lived there till I went to college. I still own my parent's home and I plan to retire one day in VT. In the meantime, I pay taxes there. So I guess I have as much right to an opinion as you do. As for my axe to grind....well if you watched someone you love get strangled to death while you couldn't do anything about it and to watch that loved one suffered horribly in front of your eyes, would you be happy about it? Trappers are spineless people who get their thrills off from watching animals suffer. Hunters at least go out and actually work to trail an animal and hopefully kill it humanely. When you trap, all you do is set down a death machine and wait for something to walk into it. There is no skill in this. There is no challenge in it but there sure is a lot of pain and misery for the animal that is caught in it. Again, leghold traps are better than they used to be BUT you tell me what animal OR human is not going to struggle when they are held captive? An animal goes into complete terror mode as it struggles to get loose and this means they will do anything to survive including chewing off their paws.

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Posted by Darlene Stowell on 10/25/2015 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Vermont Animal-Rights Activists Aim to Keep Pets Safe From Traps

An animal that is trapped is terrified so the only way it is sleeping is if it has totally exhausted itself and is resting after fighting to get free. Traps are extremely inhumane to any animal and my dog's best friend was killed in a conibear trap in 2012 while his human mom who is a vet could not save him. Traps are the lazy way to hunt and do not discriminate at all. Animals can not read so they don't know to stay away from an area and no one can logically believe that trappers report all the domestic animals that are caught in traps. We are fighting to restrict trapping in the state of NH too. You can join our FB page https://www.facebook.com/NH-A-Stars-NH-Advocates-Seeking-Trapping-Analysis-Reform-and-Safety-1420009008300545/. We have already taken it to legislation once and at least got higher penalties for those who do trap illegally but we need to do so much more. It is unfair that public lands are used for trapping where people go out to state parks to enjoy hiking, biking, dog walks, horseback riding, geocaching and other things. The people who enjoy these activities should have as much right to enjoy the land as those who trap. At this time, that is not the case and NH woods along with VT woods are not safe. It is time for reform.

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Posted by Darlene Stowell on 10/22/2015 at 9:56 AM

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