Another bill may soon be submitted to the Governor that trappers believe would strengthen their right to torture animals.
The Cowgirl Blog has consistently voiced opposition to the practice of trapping, and I must do so again here.
The practice is barbaric (here is a photo from the Helena IR last week, of a mountain lion who lost a paw that was severed in a trap). And trappers try, falsely, to persuade the public that trapping and hunting are equatable. They aren’t. Hunting is a more humane way to get food than eating a factory chicken or cow. Trapping is cruel and unnecessary.
Furthermore, most of its practitioners are foul, inhumane, right-wing idiots and democrats should not be making common cause with them. One such person is Republican legislator Sen. Jennifer Fielder, who happens to be the sponsor of the bill which is awaiting action by the Governor.
In 2004, Montana passed a constitutional amendment protecting the right to harvest big game. Fish and game, however, cannot be trapped. So SB 334 attempts to get around this by statutorily redefining fur-bearing animals as game animals.
Fielder is a trapper herself, and her husband Paul Fielder is the Montana Trappers Association district director. In a hearing, the liar Fielder claimed that she had “worked with Fish, Wildlife and Parks on the bill,” implying that the state agency was on board with the legislation. This is false. The agency did not support the legislation and did not bring the bill forward.
Democrats bear blame too. The bill had first been voted down but was then, for no apparent good reason, resurrected when four democrats–Caferro, McNally, Vuckovich and Windy Boy–switched their votes and brought this garbage back to life. It is inexplicable that any democrat would support this bill. Note that Sens. Caferro and Sen. Vukovich also voted against a bill that would have made it illegal to attend a dog fight–where dogs are forced to fight to the death.
The Trappers don’t have the votes to actually change the constitution- that takes a 2/3 vote of the legislature and a vote of the people of MT. Because they know they don’t have that much support, they are doing this instead.