no opinion, stupid thread sawyer
How the hell is trapping a "sport"? You place the trap, go home and drink a few beers, come back in a day or two to see if you've caught something. Forget that, I want it banned because it people are deluding themselves into thinking that is a sport.
Mouse traps???? That's not what this thread is about.
Can someone explain to me "humane trapping"?
Do you mean like these catch-n-release type traps?
Yes humane trapping is using traps that do no inflict injury. Trap and release these days is usually to reduce damage done by animals to property owners. The skunk being trapped however is a poor example as someone will need to tranquilize the animal so as not to be sprayed which is no fun at all. My brother in law has been humane trapping squirrels and racoons to keep them away from his bird feeders. 12 squirrels and 4 racoons so far. He drives them to a local park county park in a release area and lets them go. So far it seems to be working.
Spring, jaw and other type traps are to me outdated. They had their uses a long time ago for those who needed to make a living off the land but that for the most part is no longer needed, and is cruel to the animals who are not killed or who have to chew their appendages off to escape. I'm all for hunting, fishing... but cruel traps are a thing of the past and should be left in the past.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
It's funny to see what people will claim is 'a part of our heritage'
Look: it's a form of technology designed to serve a purpose. In the past - it was a viable option for safety if you, say, lived in a dangerous wild environment and it was 'the Leopard or my ass'
These days there are several other methods of catching wildlife that do not involve inflicting long term injury before death.
- If some people really felt that 'heritage' mattered they'd be decrying guns and demanding our LEO's carry bows and arrows, hatchets and longarms.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
He who knows the least obeys the best.
So if you're competing against other trappers/hunters for the same game, it's a sport.Etymology"Sport" comes from the Old French desport meaning "leisure", with the oldest definition in English from around 1300 being "anything humans find amusing or entertaining".
Other meanings include gambling and events staged for the purpose of gambling; hunting; and games and diversions, including ones that require exercise. Roget's defines the noun sport as an "activity engaged in for relaxation and amusement" with synonyms including diversion and recreation.