Leghold traps inhumane solution to beaver problem
As a substitute teacher in the Garfield Re-2 School District, I had the wonderful experience of teaching the highly acclaimed Success For All class at Kathryn Senor Elementary School in New Castle.
While reading a book with these talented, smart third- and fourth-graders, I brought up the plight of the beavers in Carbondale.
I heard on the news earlier that the residents along the river were upset that the beavers were causing an excessive amount of branches to pile up, therefore blocking up parts of the river. What made the story even more surreal was that the town of Carbondale was allowing these property owners to “take measures into their own hands” until a reasonable solution was found.
While doing research on the history of animal trapping in college, I learned of the pain, destruction and torture these animals endure in the steel leghold trap.
Are these property owners willing to sit outside and make sure no other animal wanders into these gruesome, destructive traps?
The suffering animals endure in these traps is indescribable, with some animals going as far as chewing off their legs in order to release themselves from the pain and then they bleed to death.
The students were outraged. I suggested that they express their concerns through writing. I wish all their artwork could be published, for the children truly expressed their concern through beautiful, colorful artwork.
To whom it may concern, it came to our attention that you were planning on destroying the beavers in Carbondale because of a water block-up. You may think that the only solution to water block-up is to kill all of the beavers, but we have more solutions.
Out of the kindness of our hearts we thought that maybe you could put them somewhere safe like a sanctuary or a different riverbed instead of their deathbeds.
The steel leghold trap is the most commonly used trap in the United States, and at the hands of untrained people the traps are a certain death trap.
Perhaps there are other means and ways of enticing these animals into position where professionals at the Colorado Division of Wildlife can handle them.
We understand your problem, but sincerely hope you will listen to our solutions or can come up with a solution on your own to save the beavers. These animals may be annoying, but everything has a purpose in life. Please consider our thoughts and concerns. Thank you.
” Substitute teacher Candy Norvell-Shaw wrote this piece with students Rebecca Palmer, America Weise and the Kathryn Senor Elementary third/fourth grade Success For All class. Their teacher is Alicia Mekis.
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