This is in response to Michael Melcher’s letter, printed Dec. 12.

In the “true spirit of giving and compassion,” I would suggest to trappers that they first apply the use of those “humane” traps on themselves, just to be sure there is no pain or suffering. Perhaps the leftover body part (a leg or foot) could then be used as a renewable resource to fertilize the forest and, in turn, help to reduce erosion caused by clear-cutting.

I am a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Doris Day Animal League and a support of the Humane Society — and damn proud of it.

To quote Jeremy Bentham, “The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny. The question is not ‘Can they reason, nor can they talk, but can they suffer?'”

Eva Cailler, Lewiston


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