A trapper has created an online petition on the WhiteHouse.gov website to counter a petition created by anti-trappers who want to ban trapping.
A poster using the handle L. River Raisin on the popular trapping forum Trapperman.com posted earlier this week to explain why he created the petition.
“I noticed yesterday that some anti’s have created a petition calling for a ban on trapping, so I’ve created a counter-petition to see if we can’t beat their opposition with our support for the sport we hold dear,” L. River Raisin wrote. “Any and all signatures are appreciated.”
A detailed description is included on the petition page:
“While many see trapping as a cruel, inhumane activity, trapping is a vital means of wildlife management. Live trapping, especially with footholds, typically causes no harm or suffering, and has allowed many species to be successfully reintroduced to native habitats where they were previously driven out. Trapping is carefully regulated by state game agencies, preventing over-harvest or physical damage to the animals. Without medicine, animals are prone to death by disease, as well as starvation or predation, especially as populations grow; those which do survive often move into human habitats and cause damage. Trapping prevents and corrects these situations by keeping populations in check. Therefore, trapping deserves to be recognized as the humane, necessary practice which it truly is.”
If you’re interested in viewing the petition or signing it, visit the WhiteHouse.gov petition page HERE.