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Who Is the Real Predator?

Message Suzana Megles
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I remember that in the 80's we tried unsucessfully to ban the  cruel leghold traps in Ohio.  Of course, other states were  using them as well, and I doubt that they had more success in  banning them then did we.   
In this week's Care2 Causes there was a picture of a wolf with  mouth wide open in pain because he had stepped into a t r ap. 

Can you believe that a  trapper in New Jersey during the 80's  when their use was being questioned, claimed they were not  painful or cruel and should not be outlawed. T o prove his  point, he let one be sprung on his arm or leg. If I remember  correctly, he then sang a different tune.
This past week on the Dr. Martin TV program, Dr. Martin strained  to release someone's leg from a leghold trap to only have it sprung  on him.  The faces of both victims registered the awful pain they  experienced from it, and certainly the pain is  no different for  animals.  This is a cruel tool which should be outlawed as well  as the new war  on wolves.  
Both Michigan and Wisconsin have declared WAR ON WOLVES. The  article said that in Wisconsin the brutal hunt/trap season for  wolves was to have begun i n October 2012.  The hunt would be  carried out at night and per this post .."would include using  hoards of blood hounds to stalk, single out, and surround a  terrified wolf, as his descendents prepare to rip him apart!...  Truly a Draconian horror tale."  I agree.  No people with an  ounce of compassion would involve themselves in this type of  cruelty.
There had not been a wolf hunt in Wisconsin in over 40 years.  The wolves had become accustomed to living peacefully with  humans.  Did the hunt go ahead despite protests? I believe so.  I hope I am wrong.  
Another horrifying sight on CARE 2 - HUMANS WEARING WOLVES.
There is a picture of a man posing in front of a mirror admiring  himself wearing the whole white wolf skin pelt including the  head which almost completely covers him. There is no beauty in  this type of vanity because as someone had said years ago -  the fur coat always looks best on its original owner. 
And sadly, there was also a picture of Lady Gaga -either wearing  a white wolf skin with the head or having this pelt attached to her  in some way in one of her numbers.  Personally, in my opinion, this  act shows she in no lady.  A true lady is kind and compassionate.   She obviously was more interested in shock value rather than being  concerned with the suffering of the wolf she used so shamelessly.
I have a feeling that not all of her audience was impressed with  this shameful disregard for one of God's creatures. I first saw  her perform on an Ellen DeGeneris show a few years ago.  I am pretty  certain now that she will not get a request for a return engagement  on Ellen'a show because Ellen cares about animals.
At this site was also a poll asking if it is wrong for wolf killers  to create justification for brutally killing wolves to sell their pelts to make coats, hats, rugs. 
The Poll:  
Yes, it is always wrong!  Wolves and all other animals should keep  their own skin.    80%
It is wrong unless you are a cave person in winter, and the wolf  died of natural causes   17%
Wolf and wildlife fur turn me on--I can't live without it!  Makes  furriers wildly rich via the suffering of wildlife.  3%
I also always enjoy reading the comments which follow as I imagine  many of you do as well.  Here are a few:
CAROL -"Anyone who wears any animal's fur is a vain, sick, egotist  and as far as I'm concerned, they are not only covered in the animal's  fur, they are covered in the animal's blood."
CRISTIN -"I can't even believe there is a debate about this (poll).
To be supposedly empathetic creatures, humans have completely  forgotten how to feel sympathetic for anything other then themselves."
LINDA -"Have you heard the saying -What goes around comes around? 
Here's hoping it comes true for the so-called humans. Much of the  time the animals are still alive when this heinous crime was  committed. (skinning)
Someone also warned us who don't want to buy real fur, that even  the faux fur is often times real fur.  Check on the internet on  how to tell the difference.  I personally don't even want to buy  faux fur which is only a reminder of what we do to the animals  because of our vanity.
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