IN DEFENSE OF LOVING PETS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS!
by Allan Van Wert
Being a former National Audubon Society member, this letter was difficult to write.
However, the resulting problems in the neighborhoods and communities all across
Massachusetts from the "bad-thinking" policy of banning the use of effective
traps to limit problem varmints or carnivores has now reached an "I told you so"
status. There is a chronic problem right now with beavers and coyotes in our
communities. Towns such as Sterling needed to boil their water due to beaver dam
problems. Other cities and towns have been losing cats by the hundreds, as well as small
dogs, due to coyotes. Thus providing the evidence of predicted undesirable results.
The MSPCA should not be proud of their support of the cruel extermination of
numerous family pets from around the state. Because that is exactly what they have
done by their 1996 referendum campaign to eliminate effective means of managing
predator populations. Their worry about dogs getting caught in the padded traps (these
traps were defined in a Massachusetts court as being humane) is unfounded. Most
communities have a lease law for dogs. I also believe if the cat "nation" could
talk, they would prefer to have a few of their kind get caught in traps set deep in the
woods, versus hundreds being torn apart in their neighborhoods by carnivores. Id
certainly much rather have neighborhood cats for rodent control than whats going to
This brings up a dichotomy of sorts. Towns have leash laws for dogs, yet the
voters in 1996 were wrongly sold into allowing for the proliferation of predators-
coyotes, bears, fox, fisher cats, etc
to roam freely into our neighborhoods helping
themselves to loving domestic animals and bird food.
Since people first started keeping domestic animals they have had to deal with the
insurgence of predators onto their properties. (They used traps, firearms or used larger
animals of their own to keep these pests away.) Hopefully wildlife managers and others can
be given back the effective methods to manage wildlife. Packs of these wild
predators need to be reduced in number in order to protect our domestic animals. With
their smaller numbers, and resultant adequate food sources, the predators will be more apt
to remain in the woods.
Another Massachusetts mess created by people trying to "do good", who
had an issue that sounded great in principle, but which presents far too many undesirable
Hopefully the people realize the folly associated with the total trapping ban, and it
can be reversed!
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