June 25, 2019

Brutality of trapping

The Bangor Daily News and Kevin Miller did a good job on the story, “DIF&W to revise trap rules” (Nov. 25). If the intent of this story was to tear away the blinders of apathy that shield us homosapiens from seeing how we treat our fellow creatures, the newspaper succeeded magnificently.

I read with my usual detached manner about how DIF&W will be revising rules until I turned the page and was brought to a shuddering halt with the stark reality of how these creatures are killed. And I wept: for the long, agonizing death that animals suffer at the hands of men; for the inability of people to understand the harm that is being done; and for the ceaseless conflict between lobby groups with no resolution in sight while our creatures, great and small, continue to suffer.

I can only hope that this jolt will be felt by many, and will bring about a realization of how brutal we’ve become. Then perhaps the tide can begin turning toward a more gentle way.

Deborah Aldridge


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