Target: Animal Liberation Front Activists in Canada
Goal: Thank activists for disassembling animal traps in Ontario, Canada
Over the course of the last year, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) has destroyed 200 fur traps throughout Ontario. The traps were likely intended for beavers and rabbits, and they included several Conibear traps – violent contraptions used to grip an animal’s body and quickly kill or maim it. Members of the group say they were unable to save two rabbits and a raccoon, who were too badly wounded by the traps to survive.
The Animal Liberation Front does not condone the use of trapping in any way, shape, or form. Members encourage the proactive disassembly of all animal traps, with or without permission, due to the suffering they cause unsuspecting animals. They even explain how to find an animal trap – by locating flagging tape tied to the branches of trees, following human footprints going in and out of a particular area repeatedly, and spotting poles emerging from bodies of water, especially near beaver dams.
As many as five million animals are trapped for their fur each year in Canada. It is a highly controversial activity in a country that prides itself on its wildlife, yet is home to 70,000 fur trade professionals and 60,000 trappers. Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec see the highest rates of trapping.
Throughout the course of three centuries, Canadian trapping has jeapardized the well-being of some animals while causing an explosive population boom among others. Both situations are unhealthy for the ecosystem. On a smaller scale, the unethical treatment of individual animals has caused an outcry among many conscientious Canadians, who do not like the thought of beavers dying slowly in the claws of a Conibear trap. Members of the ALF took it upon themselves to destroy animal traps in Ontario. Thank them for their efforts.
Dear Canadian ALF Activists,
Thank you for disassembling 200 animal traps throughout Ontario over the last year. These traps would have killed or maimed many animals, especially beavers and rabbits, and you have surely saved them from unfathomable pain. Your work boldly denies arguments made by professional trappers, who believe animal traps help stabilize wildlife populations. Animal rights advocates and environmentalists know that wildlife sustains itself naturally without violent, inhumane trapping. I hope that the provincial government of Ontario takes note of your action and puts more stringent restrictions on animal trapping. In the mean time, I thank you for destroying traps and saving animals.
[Your Name Here]
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