By now everyone has heard the story of Andrew, the pet dog who was killed by a Conibear trap while he was out walking with his owner. The trap had been set by a Fish & Game licensed trapper.
If you are as upset as most of us are about Andrew's death, please write or call your Fish and Game Commissioner and express your feelings. Commmissioners need to get an earful so that they will report what they heard from constituents at the next Commission meeting.
Some of our Commissioners may feel that they just represent hunters, trappers, and people who fish. Although Fish and Game gets most of its money from the sale of licenses, it is a state agency, does get some government funding, and represents everyone in all counties across the state. The Fish and Game Dept. may be bought and paid for mostly by the sale of licenses, but if NH wildlife belongs to anyone, it belongs to all of us. Tell your Commissioner that no animal, wild or domestic, should die as Andrew died and that you want the State to end recreational fur trapping that is completely unnecessary. Andrew's death proves that fur trapping is cruel and indiscriminate.
Also if anyone wants to go to the Commission meeting on Dec 19 to speak up during the public comment period, let us know. And if you have any questions please ask.
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Please, Sign This Petition
'The Petition to End Trapping of Bobcats in NH Permanently' needs your signature and the signature of all NH supporters of animals!
Bobcats in NH have not been trapped since 1989. However, trapping of bobcats may soon be legal again in NH, if our opposition to trapping them is not expressed and heard. Thus this petition and request for you to sign it. Trappers want to exploit bobcats to be able to sell their furs (pelts) for around $350 each, a significant chunk of money and incentive to trap them. This petition will be used to tell NH F&G and the NH Legislature that the public wants bobcats to be classified as a non-game species, not to be trapped or hunted ever again in NH. Thank you for signing.
Letter to the Editor: Source: Nashua Telegraph online (NH) 1/5/11
Jan 5, 2011
Just say ‘no’ to trapping of bobcats in state
My sources inform me that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department intends to open up a fur trapping season on bobcats at the conclusion of its current research with the University of New Hampshire to estimate the state’s bobcat population.
And it has the nerve to ask the unsuspecting public to help achieve its objective.
In a recent press release, Fish and Game’s Mark Ellingwood asks people to report bobcat sightings to the department if you are “supportive of our research efforts.”
I don’t know about you, but I am certainly unsupportive of the research because Fish and Game intends to use the results to open up the now closed trapping and hunting seasons to bobcats.
If you are against the trapping and hunting of bobcats, then let Fish and Game know by signing the petition that 4,174 people already have signed to say “no” to trapping and hunting of New Hampshire bobcats at http://tinyurl.com/saveNHbobcats.
You can help save New Hampshire bobcats.
Suzanne L. Fournier
Speaking for Animals in NH
Help Furbearers at these Sites
Trappers take pictures like this all the time of trapped and helpless animals before brutally killing them. Help stop these cowardly acts. Never buy fur and always speak out against trapping. Check to see if we are planning any fur protests that you may attend. Contact us for more info on what you can do.
Imagine this dog, any dog, your dog. She's stolen from your home and forced to live every minute of her life in a cage barely big enough to turn around in. The confinement drives her to relentlessly pace, tremble and self-mutilate. This existence goes on for years until she is brutally poisoned, electrocuted or has her neck broken. Why? For Fur. Thank goodness this isn't your dog's life, but it is the life of millions of other fur bearing animals like foxes and minks. 90% of caged foxes become the trim on our everyday coats, gloves and hats - it's not just expensive coats. Real Fur comes from real animals who had real lives. Cruelty should not be in fashion. There are many stylish alternatives to real fur. Please don't buy fur.
Rabbit fur farming is one of the fastest growing of all fur industries. Go here to take action.
Videos showing the horror of fur.
A Trapper's True Story by James Strecker
from Beside the Hemlock Garden, a book of poetry
Published by "Mosaic Press" (
"I once was a trapper and where I made footsteps I echoed a shadow of blood.
I gripped every season with my bare hands and did what I had to do, sometimes more, though I knew I would die and lie naked underground, my skin like every winter's ice.
One day, as I checked my lines, I walked into a clearing where morning unveiled amazing pure light. I knew myself more than alive, and that very instant I saw the mother fox in my trap.
She'd been nursing her kits, four of them, while my jagged voice cut into her flesh to the bone; she'd been crazy with fear and pain, I could tell, for there was much blood spattered all around. And as I walked toward the vixen, she raised her head to watch me come through the clearing. And she gently picked up each one of her young by the neck, one at a time, and lay it close to her breath and licked the milk from its face, and snapped its neck. She did that to all four before I could reach her.
And as she watched me over her newly born, over her dead she had saved from my hands, I knew I would never trap again. And I never have, though I killed her with one bullet as she lay back waiting to die. I buried the mother and her fur, and tonight, in the warming nighttime of spring I wonder if ever I'll sleep until morning again."