Lisa Jablow

Vermonters support trapping? Not so fast.

The state’s biased, skewed survey does not represent Vermonters’ actual attitudes about trapping, an inhumane and completely unnecessary recreational activity

Recently, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department fielded a survey on Vermonters' attitudes towards trapping.

Despite spending $45,000 on this survey - more than twice the revenue generated through trapping licenses each year in the state - documents obtained via a public records request show that the Department seemed more interested in advancing a pro-trapping agenda than in genuinely understanding the public's attitudes.

Despite this bias, with vaguely worded survey questions, the results still reveal that most Vermonters oppose trapping.

The survey didn't clarify what types of trapping the questions were referring to, so respondents answered without knowing whether the survey was asking about live-capture cage traps (like Havahart traps), leg-hold traps, or body-crushing kill traps (such as Conibear traps).

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From the Archives, #36623

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (Department) fielded a survey recently on Vermonters' attitudes towards trapping. Documents obtained via a public records request show that the Department seemed more interested in advancing a pro-trapping agenda than in genuinely understanding the public's attitudes. Despite this bias, with vaguely worded survey...

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Anti-hounding advocates 'take fight to Legislature'

In recent years, numerous incidents in Vermont have chased the practice of hounding out of the shadows and into the light. Along with hunting and trapping, hounding is a sacred cow. Its advocates reverently refer to it as a longstanding “tradition.” Its opponents argue that just because it's been...

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Fish and Wildlife Board dismisses concerns of wildlife protection organizations

Wildlife advocates recently presented four petitions at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board meeting, including a petition to restrict recreational trapping. Despite the fact that the petitions were submitted to Fish & Wildlife in February, we petitioners were contacted only one week prior to the June board meeting and were told that we had to attend in person if we wanted to participate. Fish & Wildlife staff responded to the petitions with presentations that were not so much responses as...

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Well past time to speak out against senseless violence of hounding

There's an activity occurring right now in Vermont, on both private and public lands, that many are unaware of: hounding. Hounding is akin to dog fighting - it is lawless and unregulated, and those who participate in it have no regard for hunting ethics. It involves unleashing packs of powerful, radio-collared dogs upon a lone coyote and running it to exhaustion, with the final “treat” of cornering the terrified, and often injured, animal and ripping it to shreds. Photos posted...

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It’s time to end the reckless, wasteful killing of wildlife

Do you think a hunter should be able to kill a bobcat solely for the “sport” and leave the body to rot where the animal was killed? If not, then you're in the majority! Tragically, Vermont has no laws that prevent this behavior, and it happens every year. As a term, “wanton waste” is fairly clear, although “wanton” is not exactly a staple of everyday conversation. The top three definitions of “wanton” in Merriam-Webster are “merciless/inhumane,” “malicious,” and “extravagant,” making...

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Coyote-killing contest exalts blood sport

It does not require a very deep dive on social media to find gleeful “attaboys” and detailed sharing of body counts and bloodlust, all directed at coyotes. Now we learn of yet another statewide killing contest that has been scheduled for the entire month of February and hosted by a retailer and gun club in Windham County. And afterwards we will no doubt be treated to triumphant photos of coyote corpses stacked like cordwood. The joy of killing is nothing...

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Does Gov. Scott have the courage to lead with carbon tax?

I am not an economist; nor am I an ecologist, a politician, a scientist, or what Malvina Reynolds, in her 1962 song “Little Boxes,” called a “business executive.” I am just someone who cares deeply about the planet and all the living things on it. Having been here for a few decades, and having observed the descent into the parlous state in which we now find ourselves, I feel qualified to state with full assurance that it is time for...

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