Ellen DeGeneres is ‘hurting northern livelihoods’: Angry Inuk



An Inuk artist and filmmaker is calling out a Hollywood celebrity for spreading ignorance about the seal hunt.

“Unfortunately the Ellen Show is still making statements that affect Inuit livelihoods and food security,” said Alethea Arnaquq-Baril on Twitter.

“I am an Inuit seal meat eater, and my fur is ethical, humane.”

Arnaquq-Baril produced the documentary “Angry Inuk” in 2016 to show the damage inflicted by anti-sealing groups supported by people like DeGeneres.

The groups protest the seal hunt every spring. In fact, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) held such a protest in Toronto Wednesday.

Earlier this week, DeGeneres celebrated on Instagram that India was banning sealskin.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhNG0TjgZoi/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=8&wp=400&rd=aptnnews.ca#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A12541.100000002189%7DArnaquq-Baril says the online opposition spoils a special time of year for Nunavummiut who look forward to warmer weather, longer daylight and the opportunity to hunt whales and seal.

“You see another big anti-seal hunt campaign and another massive celebrity supporting their campaigns and it’s like a punch to the gut,” she said in an interview.

“At this time of joy in our lives it’s always tainted every year by anti-seal hunt protests. Every year.”

APTN News messaged DeGeneres and The Ellen DeGeneres Show for comment for this story and did not receive a response before deadline.


@TheEllenShow it is violence against indigenous peoples to call for ending seal hunts, especially if you have no first hand knowledge if the lived experience

Seal is a staple in the Inuit diet and way of life.

Arnaquq-Baril, who’s posted a photo of herself wearing sealskin clothing on Twitter, says it’s one of the few resources left that Inuit can hunt, eat and use to make money by selling the skin or using in art or jewelry.

They might get $50 a skin now when they used to get up to $200, she added.

While that shrinking value may cheer DeGeneres and PETA, Arnaquq-Baril says celebrities should get all the facts before they champion a cause.

Denise Balkissoon


What’s the origin of everyone talking about this today?

Alethea ArnaquqBaril@Alethea_Aggiuq

India banned sealskin and @TheEllenShow tweeted in celebration. She knows damn well Inuit are the most affected by anti-sealing campaigns and seal product bans.

She says many vegans and vegetarians have apologized for their stand against seal hunting after watching her documentary she has screened around the world.

“When they see the film I’ve never had someone come up to me and say a horrible thing afterward,” she said.

“They understand that we live in a very different part of the world and it’s important for us to continue eating seal meat, wearing sealskin and selling it.”

Beatrice Hunter@beatlhunter

So I’ve stopped watching @TheEllenShow since she’s tryna stop the seal hunt.

Hunger and poverty is also part of life in Nunavut, where many families struggle to buy high-priced groceries shipped up from the south. And there are few good jobs.

APTN has documented these social conditions in several stories, including Wasting Away and Article 23.

As well, Arnaquq-Baril says there’s an element of racism in the anti-sealing campaign – whether animal rights groups and their supporters recognize it or not.

“To think that their food is normal and ours is weird and shouldn’t be eaten – that’s racist,” she said.

“Billions of hamburgers are eaten every single day when they choose to target Indigenous people.”

DeGeneres first spoke out against the seal hunt about 10 years ago. Some Inuit fought back online by posting photos of themselves with seals known as ‘sealfies’.

Since then, Arnaquq-Baril says DeGeneres must know her anti-seal words and actions are hurting real people. And because of that Arnaquq-Baril has decided she is no longer a fan.

“That’s willful harm onto Inuit communities,” she said.

  1. Hi I agree with Ellen actually my dream is that no more animal killing I’m a Animal lover period I DO NOT EAT MEAT animals they hve every right to be in this world without fearing for ttheir lives!
    Animals are very intelligent !
    I sent money every month to the wildlife. Animals hve no voice but I am their voices and blv me I will still fight for saving theses beautiful creatures!!!

    God bless to Ellen
    I’m on your side


Should Farm Animals Be Genetically Modified to Remove Their Capacity to Feel Pain?

Creating a “brainless chicken” opens up serious ethical questions.

Photo Credit: Oleksandr Lytvynenko/Shutterstock

On March 6, 2018, the University of Oxford announced that a student named Jonathan Latimer was awarded a prize in Practical Ethics for his essay, “Why We Should Genetically ‘Disenhance’ Animals Used in Factory Farms.” Describing disenhancement as “a genetic modification that removes an animal’s capacity to feel pain,” Latimer defends the process by arguing that “disenhancement will significantly increase the quality of life for animals in factory farms.”

Chickens, in particular, have been singled out for various forms of disenhancement over the years. In the early 1990s, engineer Robert Burruss predicted in “The Future of Eggs” in The Baltimore Sun that the future of chicken and egg production would come to resemble “industrial-scale versions of the heart-lung machines that brain-dead human beings need a court order to get unplugged from.” He envisioned this future through the lens of industrialized chickens’ “bleak lives.”

Chick being debeaked. (image: United Poultry Concerns)

In 1981, James V. Craig, a poultry researcher, dismissed what he called the “emotion-laden word ‘mutilation'” to describe “husbandry practices such as removing a portion of a hen’s beak.” Removal of certain bodily structures, although causing temporary pain to individuals, he wrote, “can be of much benefit to the welfare of the group”—the “group” in question being hens in battery-cages with no outlet for their natural pecking activities. (Domestic Animal Behavior, pp. 243-244)

Agribusiness philosopher Paul Thompson airily opined that if blind chickens “don’t mind” being crowded together as much as chickens who can see, it would “improve animal welfare” to breed blind chickens. (Paul B. Thompson, “Welfare as an Ethical Issue: Are Blind Chickens the Answer?” in Bioethics Symposium, USDA, Jan. 23, 2007)

Likewise, a breeder of featherless chickens claimed “welfare” advantages for naked chickens on factory farms, even though feathers protect the birds’ delicate skin from injuries and infections, which is all the more necessary in environments that are thick with pollution and fecal-soaked floors. Even de-winging has been defended as a “welfare” measure if winglessness would give hens more space in their cages. (In reality, more space in the cages would simply mean more hens per cage, and experimental removal of wings in chickens and turkeys has revealed that when the birds fall over, they cannot get back up without their wings for balance.)

White hens in tree. (UPC sanctuary photo by Susan Rayfield)

Which brings us to the case for genetically desensitizing chickens. What if the elements of memory, sensation and emotion could be expunged, and a brainless chicken constructed? Asked if he would consider it ethical to engineer not only a wingless bird but a “brainless bird,” philosopher Peter Singer said he would consider it “an ethical improvement on the present system, because it would eliminate the suffering that these birds are feeling.”

But would it? In the U.K., an architecture student named Andre Ford proposed what he called the “Headless Chicken Solution.” Removal of the chicken’s cerebral cortex, he said, would inhibit the bird’s sensory perceptions so that chickens could be mass-produced unaware of themselves or their situation. Like Singer, Ford equates removing the chicken’s brain with the “removal of suffering.”

I reject the idea that destroying an animal’s ability to experience pain or other forms of consciousness in order to fit the animal into an abusive system is an ethical solution to the suffering engendered by that system. For one thing, suffering involves more than the ability to feel pain. Suffering refers to a wound, injury, trauma or harm sustained by a sentient being, whether or not the harm is experienced as pain per se. For example, a brain concussion or a malignant tumor may not be consciously experienced until the disease has progressed.

To de-brain and otherwise amputate and obliterate parts of an animal’s very self for the purpose of adapting the animal to a morally indefensible system, and then seek to justify the excision as a welfare benefit, represents an ultimate lack of respect for the victim of an enterprise that few would embrace if, instead of chickens or other nonhumans, the “beneficiaries” were human. A further point to consider is the likely survival of memory in the mutilated individual of who he or she was before the mutilation, similar to phantom limb pain.

The neurologist Oliver Sacks described the persistence of what he called “emotional memory” in people suffering from amnesia who have lost their ability to connect and recall the daily events of their contemporary lives, but who nevertheless retain “deep emotional memories or associations … in the limbic system and other regions of the brain where memories are represented.”

Hens on the run. (UPC sanctuary photo by Davida G. Breier)

The consciousness of other animals including birds is similarly rooted in and shaped by emotional memory. Birds possess regions of the brain that give rise to experience in much the same way as the human cerebral cortex. Scientists cite neurological evidence that the amputated stump of a debeaked bird retains a “memory” of the missing beak part even after healing has occurred. They cite the persistence of “ancestral memories” in factory-farmed chickens who, though they have never felt the ground under their feet before, show the same drive, given the chance, to forage in the soil that motivates their jungle-fowl relatives. [For more on this, see the book Through Our Eyes Only?: The Search for Animal Consciousness]

Perhaps these deeply-structured memory formations and ineffable networks of knowledge in a factory-farmed chicken give rise to “phantom limbic memories”—to subjective, embodied experiences in which even dismembered and mutilated body parts awaken a distant memory of who he or she really is, or was. If this is true, are such memories of essential identity experienced as a compensation or a curse? We’ve become accustomed, through the environmental movement, to think of species extinction as the worst fate that can befall a sentient organism. However, the ceaseless proliferation of selves in hell, forever unable to stop being born, is, in a way, worse.

The poultry industry boasts that the “technology built into buildings and equipment is embodied genetically into the chicken itself.” Taking this embodiment to the ultimate extreme of destroying the very being of a bird for “better welfare,” and linking the destruction with “significantly increased quality of life,” accords with the agribusiness view of animals as mere raw material to be manipulated at will. Disenhancement will never eliminate the suffering of chickens or reduce our relentless mistreatment of them. A whole different approach to our fellow creatures is required to stop the injustice and take away the pain.

Karen Davis is the president and founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate treatment of domestic fowl. She is the author of Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry and The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities.

As crossbows get more popular, Alaska requires specialized training for hunters


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As used by hunters, a crossbow is somewhere between a gun and a bow. It has a learning curve more like a gun and a range more like archery equipment. Crossbows are still relatively novel weapons. More than moose hunts, they may bring to mind images of medieval re-enactors or Chewbacca from the “Star Wars” movies.

But they’ve become common enough that Alaska’s Board of Game has asked the state to develop a training class for them. Starting July 1, crossbow hunters will be required to take a class and pass a field shooting exercise to hunt big game animals anywhere in the state.

To learn more about crossbows, I asked crossbow hunter and occasional Daily News-Miner contributor Jeff Bushke to show me the basics. Bushke has been crossbow hunting for more than a decade and set up a practice range against a snow berm in his front yard.

Bushke got interested in crossbows when he was working at the Fairbanks Sportsman’s Warehouse store soon after it opened.

“That opened my eyes to a lot of things,” he said. “When you work at a sporting goods store, you’ve got to play.”

His crossbow, a TenPoint brand Pro Fusion model, is 10 years old and shoots at 300 feet per second.

“It’s not that fast by today’s standards,” he said. “But it’s killed four moose and four bears and has punched a lot of holes in targets.”

Alaska doesn’t allow crossbows in special “archery only” hunts except for hunters who have medical exemptions. Bushke has an exemption for a shoulder injury, so he can take his crossbow on archery hunts. But he sometimes takes it on general hunts where he could use a rifle. In particular, he likes taking the crossbow to his bear bait station.

“It’s a great tool for killing bears,” he said. “If you shoot a bear with it they think they’ve got stung by a bee. They don’t think they’re dead.”

Many crossbows have mechanical aids to help cock them. Bushke’s uses a detachable crank on the stock that turns easily to slowly bring the string back toward the trigger mechanism. After pulling back the string, Bushke loaded the crossbow with a bolt, the term for the short arrows used for crossbows.

Unlike a bow, you don’t have to hold the tension in a crossbow while waiting to fire. After it’s been cocked, the crossbow is ready to fire and just needs a trigger pull to release.

Bushke gave me the most important piece of advice when I got ready to fire: Be careful with hand placement on the crossbow foregrip. Grab it too high, and you’ve put your fingers into the path of the string.

“It’s a mistake you would only make once,” he told me.

Firing the crossbow otherwise feels much like shooting a rifle. I can see why it would be easier to learn to shoot accurately with a crossbow than an actual bow. My first shots all went high and to the right, but a fourth shot landed close to the middle of the target.

It’s easy to be fooled by the weapon’s accuracy at close range and assume it can kill a distant moose. Ginamaria Smith, who coordinates Alaska’s hunter education program, said this is the biggest misconception she’s run into with crossbows. That’s a problem, because people who attempt distance shots with crossbows are likely to wound animals instead of killing them. 

The North American Crossbow Association trade group warns that popular videos of long range crossbow shots have fueled misconceptions about a crossbow’s true range.

“The effective and ethical range for a crossbow is at 50 yards or less,” the group states on its website. “While it is neat to see the 100-yard trick shots, they should never be attempted during any live hunting situation.”

So far about 70 people in Alaska have signed up for crossbow education. The first field tests — on April 15 in Anchorage and on May 16 in Fairbanks — are filling up fast, Smith said.

In the field test, hunters will shoot twice at four 3-D targets at distances they’re likely to encounter in the field. They’ll need to make a kill shot on each target and a double kill on one target.

Wildlife Services: The Worst of the Worst

Article posted by C.A.S.H. Committee To Abolish Sport Hunting

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By Jim Robertson

bobcat heads
Photo taken by an outraged employee of another government agency. Jim Robertson received permission to use this photograph by Brooks Fahey of Predator Defense. Please visit: 

Never in human history has a more self-serving, damaging and persistent lie been perpetuated than the patently false notion that non-human animals lack consciousness. I mean, who came up with the idea, anyway? Some human, no doubt! Thankfully for the animals’ sake, we’ve come far beyond that kind of thinking these days.

Yet, the United States Department of Agriculture’s shadowy take-lethal-action-against-natural-predators-any-time-they-might-even-cast-a-sideways-glance-at-a-farm-animal division, the inaptly named “Wildlife Services,” a government agency that tries to claim science as its moral guide, conveniently ignores modern peer-reviewed studies such as the findings of 16 scientists in the 2014 Convention for Consciousness, which states:

“Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates.

And the Delegation for Scientific Expertise takes it a step further, including fish, invertebrates—and those institutionally exploited species whose rights and well-being the agenda-driven humans would rather not have to acknowledge—to the thinking, feeling fold:

“Livestock species, such as poultry, pigs, and sheep, exhibit cognitive behaviors that seem to imply levels and contents of consciousness that until recently were considered exclusive to humans and to some primates. That is even more the case for fish and invertebrates that until recently were not even considered as sentient.”

But like Cartesian vivisectionists of dark ages past, USDA’s Wildlife Services must secretly wish that animals were unconscious so they could carry out their cruelties without protest from struggling victims (or their advocates).

When Wildlife “Services” speaks of animal suffering, it’s with the callous disassociation—indeed, the downright disregard and doublespeak—of the friendly neighborhood psychopath. And like a psychopath, the only reason they “care” about anything or anyone is when they think it affects them somehow. To the agency, wild animals are just resources and the “services” they perform are for the sake of industry—certainly not for the animals themselves:

“Pain and physical restraint can cause stress in animals and the inability of animals to effectively deal with those stressors can lead to distress. Suffering occurs when action is not taken to alleviate conditions that cause pain or distress in animals. Defining pain as a component in humaneness appears to be a greater challenge than that of suffering.”

In the words of Wildlife Watch’s own Anne Muller: “particularly galling is their analysis of ‘suffering’ and ‘pain,’ discussed as though they have a shred of concern for the individual animal or would know the meaning of the words ‘pain and suffering’ in animals at the most superficial level.”

murdered wolf
Photo by Wildlife Services

One group devoted to ending the terrible reign of Wildlife Services is Predator Defense. The following overview and kill data is from their website: “Wildlife Services is a strategically misnamed federal program within the USDA that wastes millions of dollars each year killing wild animals with traps, snares, poisons, gas, and aerial gunning at the request of corporate agriculture and the hunting lobby. According to their official reports, they have slaughtered over 34 million animals in the last decade. Even worse, we’ve had whistleblowers tell us repeatedly that Wildlife Services’ real kill numbers are significantly higher, just not reported.

In 2016 alone they claim to have killed 2.7 million animals, including the following vital native predators:

76,859 coyotes
997 bobcats
410 bears
415 wolves
332 mountain lions”

(For more on the savage escapades of Wildlife Services, watch the film, Exposed, by Predator Defense: www.predatordefense.org/exposed/index.htm)

The late ornithologist and evolutionary biologist, Ernst Mayr, asked at the end of his book, What Evolution Is (one of 25 books on the subject to his name written over his 100 years of life), “How did human consciousness evolve? The answer is actually quite simple: from animal consciousness! There is no justification in the wide-spread assumption that consciousness is a unique human property… It is quite certain that human consciousness did not arise full-fledged with the human species, but as the most highly evolved end point of a long evolutionary history.”

And as Marc Bekoff, PhD, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, wrote in his column for Psychology Today:

“…sentient nonhuman beings care about what happens to themselves and to family members and friends, and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect for who they are, not what we want them to be. …animals’ lives are valuable because they are alive — they have what is referred to as inherent value — not because of what they can do for us — what is called their instrumental value. It’s about time that we welcome them into our world and the arena of conscious beings.”

Of course, no one in the know and without a self-serving agenda would ever think of checking with the USDA “Wildlife Services” about anything having to do with animal awareness or intelligence—after all, they are in the business of depersonalizing animals so they can justify killing them. But for a government agency that is supposed to be utilizing science, they’re clearly behind the times. You could say their grasp of reality for animals is almost stone-aged.

Speaking of stone-aged thinkers, ironically, sport hunters, trappers and fishermen must “instinctively” know, almost as well as anyone, that animals are aware. Heck, what challenge would there be to their chosen sports if animals couldn’t think for themselves and make an effort to hide or escape? And just think what would happen to the camouflage clothing industry if animals somehow became unthinking, unfeeling robots that did not fear their pursuers.

helicoper hunting
Photo by Wildlife Services

To question whether or not animals are conscious is so absurd that one might wonder if it’s the animal-sentience deniers who lack awareness instead. In a satirical intro to the chapter, “Inside the Hunter’s Mind,” of my book, Exposing the Big Game: Living Targets of a Dying Sport, I turn the argument back on the exploiters themselves: “Hunters were once thought of as automatons: robots programmed to react to stimuli but lacking the ability to think and feel. But radical new studies have tentatively shown them to be capable of grasping simple grammar and the meanings of certain symbols (especially those lit up in neon in front of their favorite tavern or mini-mart).

If an attempt at humor seems out of place, consider this, the subject matter is so grim, gruesome or ghastly, that only a sport hunter and/or Wildlife Services agent would want to dwell there, mentally, for more than a fleeting moment or two. Now, not all hunters or trappers have jobs with the USDA Wildlife Services, but you can bet your bottom dollar that nearly all Wildlife Services agents are sport hunters and trappers in their spare time, in addition to being poisoners and aerial gunners when they’re on the clock.

Those in the Wildlife Services are clearly the worst of the worst. If you ever slip up and find yourself pitying some of these people whom you might hear about being lost in a plane crash or a rollover accident on a gravel back road, remember, they are the ones who aerial shoot, snare, trap, poison, etc. countless coyotes, bears, foxes, bobcats, wolves, cougars, etc., etc. Talk about unconscious, Wildlife Services must lack something else non-human animals have proven to posses: feelings like guilt, remorse or empathy for others—a conscience.

Jim Robertson is the President of C.A.S.H. and author of Exposing The Big Game.

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Hunting Club Cancels Crow Shoot in Face of Criticism


A Vermont hunting club has cancelled its crow shooting competition set for next month after a social media outcry.

March 25, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont hunting club has cancelled its crow shooting competition after a social media outcry.

Mark McCarthy, president of the Boonie Club in Williamstown, told the Burlington Free Press it will not be sponsoring the April 7 crow shoot, in which teams of hunters would have competed to win prizes by shooting the most birds. Critics of the shoot say they understand “hunting for food” but are against “wanton killing.”

Crow shoots are legal as long as they’re within the hunting season for crows. Scott Darling, wildlife program manager for Vermont Fish and Wildlife, says while there is a role for crow hunting to fend off damage to crops, he does not support crow shoots like the one the club had planned.


Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

Stop the Barbaric Crow Shoot in Vermont

On April 7, 2018, bloody bodies will rain from the sky. The Boonie Club of Williamstown, Vermont, has scheduled a barbaric crow shoot. In a disgusting show of pure blood lust, teams of four will compete to see who can kill the most crows, with actual cash prizes being awarded to the top killers. This horrific contest is repulsive and archaic, and we can’t let it happen.

Competitions like this only further serve to marginalize birds, who are often considered by thoughtless humans to be nothing more than flying, pooping, and noisemaking creatures, somehow not worthy of their lives. The fact is crows, and all birds, are far more than that.

Crows, like many animals, are far more intelligent than many would like us to believe. For example, crows form complex social structures and are known as the smartest of all birds. They not only use tools, but they make them too — something scientists and others had once mistakenly thought only humans could do. Crows are also capable of problem solving and complex reasoning.

Crows have been called the “most family-oriented birds in the world.” In fact, older siblings may even help their parents raise newborn chicks. This dedication and teamwork goes beyond newborn chicks and often continues with a sort of “nest assistance” type of relationship that can go on for more than half a decade.

In Defense of AnimalsThe deep connections of crows exist beyond direct family. Neighbors have been known to hold funerals for nearby birds, while hundreds of crows have been known to attend these funerals. As with humans, attendees don’t scavenge the dead body, and crows may avoid areas near the dead crow afterwards, even if the food there is plentiful. This is especially the case if the crow died in such a way that indicates a danger to other crows, such as if the dead crow was a shooting victim.

Additionally, crows have excellent memories, recognizing other animals they have met including humans. Shooting these amazing animals is brutal and inexcusable.

We have less than a month to ensure that this hunt never comes to fruition, but it will require us to call and send letters and to share this alert widely.

What YOU Can Do — TODAY:



Please contact Mark McCarthy, owner of Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel, who is also the president of the Boonie Club, to express your distress at such a heartless contest. Please be polite when you cite your reasons for objecting to the crow shoot. If you shop at Lenny’s in person or online, please be sure to mention it.

Please call Mark either on his personal number or at the store he owns:

Personal: 802-476-9811
Work: 802-879-6640

Call other members of the Boonie Club while you’re at it, if you’re so inclined, but please be polite, and understand this is a hunting club, so arguments that have to do with no-one eating crows will probably carry more weight than ones against all hunting, though of course we oppose the hunting of all animals.

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Leghold trap catches domestic cat in Great Falls


Leghold trap catches domestic cat in Great Falls

City shelter trying to keep feline comfortable


It’s touch and go for a fluffly male cat rescued Friday on a Great Falls street with its front paw in the jaws of a steel leghold trap.

Gisela Hvamstad and her 14-year-old daughter, Danaya, were leaving home near the intersection of 24th Street North and 9th Avenue North at 7 p.m. Friday when they saw a cat in the middle of 24th Street.

“I’m trying to call the cat,” Hvamstad said. “It’s just staring at me.”

She initially thought that the cat had a snake. “I thought ‘ew,’ Hvamstad.

But Danaya jumped out of the car, phone in hand, to investigate.

“Her face just went like to sheer terror,” Hvamstad said.

A large trap was attached to the cat’s leg.

What initially appeared to be a snake was actually a chain attached to the trap, and the cat, described by Hvamstad as a “strong fighter,” had broken the chain away from whatever it had been attached to.

They ran into the house and grabbed some towels and tried to corner the cat, which was walking away with the large trap on its paw and attempting to crawl under a car.

“It was hissing,” Hvamstad said. “It was scared.”

Danaya threw a towel over the gray, fluffy male and scooped it up.

Hvamstad credits here “nosy” daughter for investigating the situation and then rescuing the injured cat.

Then they called animal control with the Great Falls Police Department.

More: Coyote killing contest matter of perspective

On Monday morning, the cat was at the Great Falls Animal Shelter.

Director Lynn Formell said she doesn’t know whether the cat, nicknamed “Bear,” will survive.

“We’re just trying to keep the cat comfortable at this time,” Formell said.

Trap Free Montana Public Lands, a not-for-profit that promotes trapping reform and trap-free public lands that learned about the trapped cat, has offered to pay the veterinarian bills.

“The cat’s leg is so badly mangled, I can’t believe it won’t be amputated,” said KC York, executive director of Trap Free Montana Public Lands.

The cat will surely need extensive medical attention, York said.

More: Indomitable Great Falls mama cat takes in orphaned kittens

In York’s experience, if there’s one trap set, there’s probably more.

“I hope it’s being investigated,” York said. “I hope somebody’s out there looking to see if there’s more (traps). And I hope this person’s caught.”

City ordinance prohibits use of leghold traps, York said.

A Facebook posting by Hvamstad on the cat that was shared by Trap Free Montana Public Lands reached 20,000 people in 24 hours, York said.

“It’s gone pretty crazy,” York said.

Hvamstad checked with the shelter Saturday and was informed that nobody had claimed the cat, which is not fitted with a microchip identifying the owners.

“He’s in a critical time,” she said.

Shocking Video of Deer Baiting, Netting Unveiled—Ask City to Halt Terror Trapping  


Citizen Advocates for Lakeway Deer (CALD)—a grassroots organization of residents of Lakeway, Texas—has unveiled never-before-seen video footage of the city’s handling of so-called “surplus” deer. The footage exposes for the first time how the animals, who are lured into traps, are netted, are pinned to the ground, have their antlers sawed off, and are then hauled upside down into a trailer. They’re ultimately transported to slaughter.

After being driven 80 miles, the animals are shot in the head and butchered.

A Lakewood police detective admitted that “any animal that gets a net dropped on ’em … gets its horns cut off … gets picked up and put in a trailer upside down, that’s traumatized, you know?”

One trapped deer had previously been shot with an arrow. He lay bleeding, caught in the netting. Instead of ending the wounded deer’s suffering, the workers sawed off his antlers and dragged him away to the trailer.

Lakeway spent more than $28,000 in 2013–14 on this traumatizing practice, even though trapping is an ineffective method of wildlife control. Killing backfires because the resultant spike in the food supply accelerates breeding among survivors and newcomers. Even the detective admitted, “I’ve seen this going on for 10 years, and Lakeway is still covered with deer. It’s … not going to eliminate ’em, you know.”

And deer families are torn apart, with orphaned young left to starve. Despite widespread opposition, the city has continued with this year’s trapping program.

You Can Help Stop This!
CALD has collected the signatures of more than 1,000 Lakeway residents who are calling on the city to end the deer-trapping program, conduct a census of the deer population, and implement humane means of managing wildlife issues.

Please urge Lakeway officials to halt the trapping and slaughter of deer, and share these humane deer-control tips with them.

Please send polite comments to:
Steve Jones
City Manager

Please feel free to use our sample letter, but remember that using your own words is always more effective.



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ADAMS COUNTY, OH (FOX19) –Bobcats are becoming a more common sight in Adams County.

The pictures associated with this story have been captured on various trail cameras throughout the county and now, there are talks to open a bobcat trapping season.

If you don’t have small animals, there isn’t much of a concern for you. But for those that do, lurking in the woods throughout the county are bobcats that are after a meal. This can cause some concerns for farmers.

“It’s very frustrating for the farmers because right now there’s no legal way to possess or eliminate a bobcat in the state of Ohio. So, when they have these nuisance calls, there’s really not much they can do about it,” said state wildlife officer Scott Cartwright.

Meanwhile, bobcats will attack small animals in the city — that means small dogs or cats. To the rural communities in Adams County, that extends to include chickens.

Cartwright won’t officially call the bobcats a problem in Adams County, but rather more of a mystery.

The five-year wildlife veteran does say they need to know much more about the population that boomed in the early 2000s.

“Right now in Zone B, there’s 5,581 sq. miles and we’ve proposed to harvest 20 cats by trapping,” Cartwright said.

A trapping season — opposed to a hunting season — means the animals will be killed once they are trapped, not hunted in the wild. That image can be disturbing for animal rights advocates.

“It does bring some negative feelings but our trappers, among many other things, they’re a management tool. We’re going to learn a lot from the carcasses that they bring in and we’re going to see how our population is doing and see what we need to do in the future to manage it,” said Cartwright.

The newly proposed season will open in November and require trappers to get a hunting license and a few permits before they can set their traps.

“There’s so much more to learn. Right now, Ohio University is conducting a study for us. So, the carcasses that are caught this trapping season are going to be going to them for a little more research,” said Cartwright.

The permits trappers will need are a special bobcat trapping permit and a fur takers permit — that’s the benefit for the trapper here is they do get to keep the fur. Once 20 bobcats have been trapped the Wildlife Office will let anyone who applied for a permit know the season is closed.

This Adorable Cat Was Stuck In Agony By Inhumane Trap For A Week Before He Was Saved

Only months ago, Drei was a stray cat who had to find food wherever he could, living wild in Vermont. But hunger wasn’t the only thing the poor feline had to deal with. Drei had the bad luck to fall into a cruel trap, which could have killed him.


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The “Conibear” is a kind of trap which has been very controversial, with many saying that it causes unnecessary pain to the animals trapped in it. It consists of a metal mechanism that closes on the animal’s body when it tries to get at the food placed inside it.


It is supposed to kill the animals it catches, but doesn’t always do so instantaneously, meaning that the poor creatures caught in it can be left in agony for hours or even days before they die, if they do at all.


Drei was found caught in a Conibear about a week after specialists think he was first trapped. Surprised that the little cat had survived so long, they rushed him to a veterinarian. Unfortunately, it was too late to save one of his paws, which was mangled beyond repair.


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But Drei was determined to survive. Despite his suffering and the amputation, he has proved to be a very affectionate and loyal cat, who quickly found a forever home with an employee at the veterinary clinic he was treated at, Burlington Emergency Veterinary Specialists (BEVS). Now he can forget his hard past on the streets and instead curl up, safe at home with his new family and friends.


Despite the pain and suffering these inhumane traps cause, they are still legal in the United States and the laws about who and where you can use them are vague. Although they are mainly used to get rid of animals considered ‘pests’, the reality is that they catch far more than their intended victims, including pets who stray into them by accident.


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Overall, nearly 4 million animals are caught in traps every year in the U.S., found a study done by Born Free USA, among them many dogs and cats.


The organization has reached out to urge the public to not buy fur products (most trappers claim that they trap to sell the animals’ pelts) and to find out the trapping laws in their own states.