This should enrage every American!

Grace's Legacy

This is a wonderful site but also a very sad site. It's dedicated to a wonderful companion named Grace that was a victim of these horrific traps.

Pure Inspiration

This has nothing to do with trapping, however it is a wonderful story~

Meet Molly. She's a grey speckled pony who
was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane
Katrina hit southern Louisiana . She spent weeks
on her own before finally being rescued and taken
to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled.
While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier
and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became
infected, and her vet went to LSU for help, but
LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare
case. You know how that goes.

But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly,
He changed his mind.
He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different
sides so she didn't seem to get sores,
and how she allowed people to handle her.
She protected her injured leg.

Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee,
and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly
walked out of the clinic and her story really
begins there.

'This was the right horse and the right owner,'
Moore insists. Molly happened to be a
one-in-a-million patient.
She's tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain.
She made it obvious she understood that she was
in trouble. The other important factor, according
to Moore , is having a truly committed and compliant
owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care
required over the lifetime of the horse.

Molly's story turns into a parable for life in Post-Katrina Louisiana .
The little pony gained weight, and her mane finally felt a comb.
A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.
The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life,
Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports.
And she asks for it. She will put her little limb out,
and come to you and let you know that she wants
you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take
it off too. And sometimes, Molly gets away from
Barca. 'It can be pretty bad when you can't catch
a three-legged horse,' she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay,
the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to
shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation
centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed
hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people
her pluck. She inspired people, and she had a
good time doing it.

'It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to
play in life, Moore said. She survived the hurricane,
she survived a horrible injury,
and now she is giving hope to others.'
Barca concluded, 'She's not back to normal,
But she's going to be better. To me, she could be a
symbol for New Orleans itself.'

This is Molly's most recent prosthesis. The bottom
photo shows the ground surface that she stands on,
which has a smiley face embossed in it. Wherever
Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind

Don't Be Afraid To Speak Out

Our local newspaper has a section where you can write a short comment on just about any issue. This is mine from The Flint Journal. Not all make it in, I was relieved when they published mine.
It's little things like this that can get people to take notice of things. Everyone should do this with their local papers, before they no longer exist. The sad thing is that newspapers will be obsolete before inhumane traps are unless people get involved. ~Julie / Site administrator

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What Influences a Legislator?

The following is important to keep in mind when lobbying elected officials

The Humane Society of the United States

Elected officials are, first and foremost, politicians. If an elected official is up for re-election, they are often more willing to listen to interests outside their norm. The issues of a special interest group are important to them because they need that support to win re-election. The HSUS and other groups keep legislative scorecards of important votes, and politicians want to make sure that they have favorable ratings. In addition, one of the easiest and most direct ways to get to know and influence a legislator is to help them. This can be done by volunteering on their campaign. Although assisting a politician does not ensure that they will always vote your way, it allows you to spend time with them and their staff. Building and maintaining working relationships is always important.

The following is important to keep in mind when lobbying elected officials:

The Issue:
Merits of the issue
Impact on his/her district
Possible job loss

Impact on economy or businesses
Too much government interference
Opponents have more clout than proponents
Lack of knowledge
Executive branch position

Political Considerations:
Upcoming election/lame duck
Campaign contributions
Commitment of an interest group -- single issue voters?
President, Governor or Mayor

News articles/stories
Letters to the Editor
Opportunity to gain press attention

Legislative Considerations:
Committee chairman
Committee assignments
Trade offs with fellow legislators
Position of others in state or district delegation
Lobbying by other legislators
Staff advice
Position of Political party

Personal experiences and feelings
Family members, friends, especially children
Impact on self or others important to legislator
Alma mater

Outside Influences:
Constituent contacts -- grassroots
General public sentiment
Celebrities, sports figures
Chance encounters with people

From HSUS website