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
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
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
Cost: 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 Scorecards
Media: News articles/stories Editorials 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: 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
"I know of no sight more sorrowful than that of these unoffending animals as they are seen in the torture grip of these traps." -Charles Darwin
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ~Mohandas Gandhi
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~Edward Everett Hale
The mission here is to educate everyone about snares, leghold and conibear traps. This sites goal is to get them banned 100 % in Michigan.
These traps rarely catch their intended target. Both wild AND domestic animals are caught in these barbaric traps and suffer beyond words!
We are asking everyone in Michigan to write their state representative and ask for these traps to be banned. The link is below.
Polls show that 78 percent of US citizens support a ban on these traps. 89 countries and 14 US states already have some sort of ban.
If anyone allowed a domestic animal to suffer the way animals in these traps suffer-they would be prosecuted!Based on that alone they should be illegal!
Trapping with body-gripping traps for "wildlife management" or disease control purposes is often ineffective and sometimes counterproductive because of the random nature of traps. There are other humane alternative live-capture devices such as box, cage, and culvert traps that can be used for these purposes.
As a result of public pressure, all 15-member nations of the European Union banned the leghold trap in 1995. More and more countries recognize the inherent cruelty of leghold traps and other body-gripping devices and seek research into humane capture alternatives.
WE ARE NOT TRYING TO BAN HUNTING-JUST TRAPPING! THEY ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS!! TRAPS ARE 100% ANIMAL CRUELTY!
There will be new info and links added continually so check back often!