Stop bear trapping

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010

Steel traps snap onto an animal's leg or paw in a bone-crushing manner that not only delivers severe pain, but keeps animals from reaching sources of food, water, and shelter. Some animals -- especially mothers anxious to return to their young -- chew through their own limbs in a desperate attempt to free themselves.

With the former governor's comparison of herself and other female candidates to a mother bear fiercely protecting her cubs, it seems that at least Alaskan Republicans would want to make sure this bill does not pass. "Bleeding heart" liberals should take note of the animals' pain and vote against it, too.

Christine Jackson; Research Specialist, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Washington, D.C.

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