No ‘nuisance’ animals

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I am writing to comment on the recent article about the dumping of large numbers of animal remains in Sumner.

While I am relieved for those dog owners who were concerned that their missing pets may have been deposited there, I was distraught about the positive picture of trapping painted in the article. Therefore, I am writing to make two points:

Animals caught in traps suffer horribly. That is true even if the animals are not someone’s pets. Animals caught in traps suffer excruciating pain. Traps can tear the flesh, cut tendons and ligaments, and break bones. Animals are killed by predation, drowning, strangulation, freezing, suffocation and blows to the head.

Such treatment of living creatures is fundamentally at odds with the values of a humane, just and caring society.

Some animals are considered a “nuisance,” which does not mean that we can inflict cruelty upon them. It’s time that we begin implementing non-lethal, humane methods for resolution of such human-wildlife conflicts. Many options, including humane, non-lethal traps, relocation of animals, animal-proof trash containers and chimney caps, are available to address human-wildlife conflicts.

It is time to let go of our attitude that the animals killed are “only nuisance animals.” It is time to let tolerance, understanding, respect and compassion for other species be our guide for resolving conflicts with wildlife.

Cruelty is cruelty, whether it’s inflicted on pets or wildlife.

Christina Connors, Litchfield

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