Sustaining the Wild. The business of trapping fur in Quebec's woodlands
"Gripped in Serge Larivière's right hand is a white bucket. It holds a dead pigeon and leftover fish from his supper. With a muskrat fur hat on his head, Larivière walks through the forest on his 15 acres of land in Saint-Apollinaire."
Cull of the wild. Some still carry on state's longtime tradition
"While many people might think of trapping as a closed chapter in Wisconsin history, for grandmother and mother Gwen Campbell, it's a way to bond with and educate her four children. 'I've passed it on to all my kids and the choice is going to be theirs. I hope that they show it to their kids as well and give their kids the option of doing this in the future,' says the rural Adams County resident."
Plains Folk: Muskrat and Mink
"People from Minneapolis or Seattle drive though the Dakotas and they cannot understand why there are all those billboards damning animal rights and defending trapping as a way of life," writes Prof. Isern of North Dakota State University. "Those same people have neighbors, however, born and raised on the northern plains, who know exactly where those sentiments come from."
Fur Fashion to the Rescue : Trapping Eases New Zealand's Plague of Possums
"After years of confrontation between fur fanatics and environmentalists, the lowly possum is emerging from the New Zealand bush to bring the two solitudes together. The quirk is in this unlikely mediator's method: everybody in New Zealand wants the possums dead. The Australian brush-tailed possum, put simply, is a pest of epidemic proportions.
Thank You Mr. Sevin, Sir ; Memories of a Bayou Trapper and Otter Conservationist
The editor of The American Trapper magazine recounts the contributions to conservation of Louisiana trapper Lee Roy Sevin.
Can fur be sold as eco-friendly? Portlander to find out
"In 2004, Chrys Hutchings, her husband and their three young children spent a year in New Zealand, home to about 4.2 million people - and about 60 million Australian brushtail possums. Hutchings's kiwi sabbatical included plenty of talk about the ecological havoc imposed by possums, which exploded in numbers after would-be fur traders introduced them to New Zealand in the 1800s." (This article is categorized under Animal Fibres / Fur)
Trapping: A Romantic Way to Make a Living
"Of all of the things we humans do to make a living nothing touches the earth as lightly as the fur trade," says Sopuck, vice-president of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation. "I am heartened by the spirit of Canada's trappers who continue to stubbornly ply their trade in the face of a modern world that seems to have forgotten the real lessons of nature."
Trapping the Hyperbole : Fur Producers, EU Agree on Humane Trapping Standards
In 1997, the EU signed two international agreements that set the standards to be met for a trap to be called "humane", commit countries to determine which traps are humane, and require countries to prohibit all traps which do not meet these standards. The first was with Canada and Russia, and the second was with the US. With two strokes of the pen, these countries were exempted from an EU import ban on fur from certain species, and animal welfare interests accused the EU of selling out to commercial interests. But James Stone of the Canadian Mission to the EU wonder if this was really the case. Reproduced with permission of the author.
The Uneasy Conscience of the Animal Rights Movement
Based in Massachusetts, this trapper and certified animal control professional considers the contradictions and lies spread by leaders of the animal rights "religion". Reproduced with the author's permission. (This article is categorized under Management / Conservation)
A Christian Minister Explains Why He Can Morally Trap God's Little Creatures
"As I go about my trapping, customers usually ask if I had to go to school to learn my job. I smile and tell them that I learned the hard way, by experience. I then proceed to tell them, much to their surprise, that I have a Masters degree in Hebrew Bible." Reproduced with the author's permission. (This article is categorized under Management / Conservation)
Management by Majority: Who should decide if trapping should be banned - the public or wildlife professionals?
From 1970 to 1975, the author was information officer with Massachusetts's Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. This article first appeared in Audubon Magazine, June 1999, and is reproduced with the author's permission. (This article is categorized under Management / Conservation)
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