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Edit: Trapping Animals Barbaric

Trapping animals for “hunting” purposes is simply a disgusting, barbaric and cruel practice. There’s no other way to put it. As revolting as the practice is when it actually achieves its intended goal, it’s even more vile when domestic pets are added to the equation. In 2013 alone, more than 30 dogs — and 24 house cats — were caught in traps set for hunting in Idaho, according to Idaho Fish and Game data. While most of the dogs survived, some weren’t so lucky. Back in December and January, two dogs were caught in conibear traps, which are designed to snap on an animal’s neck, closing the trachea and the blood vessels to the brain. It often fractures the spinal column and the animal loses consciousness within a few minutes and dies soon after. The owners of the dogs, unable to free their beloved family members, could do little more than watch as their dogs suffered and died/Devin Rokyta, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

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