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IDA places anti-trapping billboard in Indiana

January 29, 2014



OC Comment: OC adamantly opposed any type of killing, not just traps.  This is a protest against trapping, but comments can include an additional dispute against ALL trapping.


IDA is taking the fight against trapping to the trappers’ backyard. IDA has placed an anti-trapping billboard in the hometown of the largest US-based pro-trapping organization, the National Trappers’ Association in Bedford, Indiana. The billboard states, “Trappers Murder Pets,” and asks the question, “Is Your Dog Next?” The billboard features Pearl, a loving companion dog, deliberately trapped and killed in Hebron, Indiana in December 2012. IDA offered a $2500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Pearl, but no arrest has yet been made.

Every year during trapping season, trappers scatter traps like land mines across both public and private property. Trapped animals endure incomprehensible psychological and physiological trauma, suffering from pain, fear, and terror in addition to hunger, dehydration, exposure to freezing temperatures, and predation by other animals. Frequently, beloved animal companions like Pearl are also caught by these traps and gravely wounded or killed.

IDA is increasing public pressure to end this cruel and senseless practice once and for all! We encourage everyone to email ( the National Trappers’ Association to let them know you saw the ad and politely tell them your thoughts on it and on the practice of trapping. Please also share the ad through social media. A copy of the ad can be downloaded here:




To Whom It Concerns:

Trapping is a crippling, archaic, and horrifically abusive form of killing.  Animals are sentient creatures, like humans, who experience pain, suffering, love, and terror.  Subjecting them to any type of death, trapping including, is an offense against humanity.  We can be better as people if we choose to accept this most basic form of recognition and tenet. Animals deserve compassion and respect, not subjective maiming, torture, and killing.

Thank you for considering this urgent appeal.

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traps do not discriminate
traps maim and kill,
they do not wait.
to see if the agonized
victim is predator or pet.
either way, traps are
as cruel as it gets!!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

21 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    January 29, 2014 1:41 pm

    traps do not discriminate
    traps maim and kill,
    they do not wait.
    to see if the agonized
    victim is predator or pet.
    either way, traps are
    as cruel as it gets!!!!!


  2. January 29, 2014 1:54 pm

    Perfect! Thank you so much, hon 🙂


    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      January 29, 2014 2:11 pm

      you are so very welcome and thank you 🙂


  3. January 29, 2014 6:49 pm

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog.


  4. narhvalur permalink
    January 29, 2014 7:12 pm

    Reblogga detta på Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.


  5. Emy Will permalink
    January 30, 2014 3:13 am

    Sooo cruel! Sooo senseless:'( . How do these trappers live with their consciences?? .


  6. January 30, 2014 3:53 am

    I have never understood these traps being legal in the first place. There is no room for this sort of barbarian behaviour in any civilised country 😦


  7. corlinda slagt permalink
    January 30, 2014 11:17 am



  8. February 1, 2014 4:41 am

    Reblogged this on Wolf Is My Soul.


  9. February 1, 2014 9:44 am

    Reblogged this on Girl for Animal Liberation.


  10. February 1, 2014 9:44 am

    What a disgrace.


  11. February 1, 2014 11:08 am

    I especially oppose trapping that’s paid for by our government. It’s an abomination.


  12. Michael muir permalink
    March 27, 2015 8:42 am

    Trappers do not intend to cause harm to pets and other creatures. We have rules we follow to make sure that animals do not get hurt.We check our traps every 24 hours to make sure the animal is not suffering. Most animals run early in tthe morning most trappers check during the day. So alot of times the animal is caught for less than 7 hours. We have swiveling points so the animal can move freely around. We are human about it. But with pearl i am sorry that happend. That trap is a 330 conibear which in most states is required to be fully submerged under water so pets dont get in there. we try our best to keep non target animals out of our traps. If one gets caught we release the animal with out any damage caused by the trap. I did catch a cat this year in a foot hold. I looked at his foot. It was perfectly fine. Ireleased the trap and made sure he could walk. I petted him a few times and he walked off. So i hope i have changed a few opinions on trapping. I know i will receive some comments that are down grading. But thanks to all who have gave our side a look



  13. Alan permalink
    March 1, 2016 8:07 am

    You can debate whether you want trapping to be legal, but that is clearly a staged photo.


  14. Alan permalink
    March 1, 2016 8:09 am

    Micheal I’m pretty sure that is a 220.


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