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
"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!