This week I learned of a dog named Handsome who died an untimely and painful death last weekend when he was caught by the head in a trap.
The trap was set on property owned by the Department of Natural Resources adjacent to a nature conservancy. What was to be an enjoyable day turned tragic for the unsuspecting dog and his owner.
Trapping is a barbaric practice that belongs in the past. Wild and domestic animals suffer immensely. I am concerned for human welfare, also. What happens when a child wanders off the path and is maimed or killed as Handsome was?
As a hiker and photographer who often wanders off the path, now I’m afraid to do what I enjoy so much in life. It’s a tragedy that animals have to suffer, and the majority of people have to accommodate a few people in the name of tradition.
There needs to be an end to trapping in Wisconsin.
— Deanna S. Devaul, Madison