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Anti-trapping initiative is a grassroots effort

Anti-trapping initiative is a grassroots effort

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Lee newspapers statewide erroneously reported online recently that the Montana Trap-Free Public lands initiative (I-177) “has largely been backed with out-of-state funding.” This false claim was not corrected for hours.

Instead of doing basic journalistic research, the reporter simply echoed the trappers’ falsehoods. This not only casts doubt on media’s objective reporting, but it also damages a citizen-based effort to achieve trap-free public lands.

The Montana Trap-Free Public Lands initiative (I-177), is a grassroots effort which has been supported and funded primarily by Montanans. This stands in stark contrast to the Montana Trappers Association (MTA) and their PAC, who have been raking in large amounts of money from out-of-state lobbying organizations.

Trappers take in outside corporate money to protect their hobby -- savaging and killing our wildlife -- just to sell the fur outside the U.S. More than one-third of their reported income comes from outside Montana, while only 5 percent of donations to I-177 come from other states.

This is just one of the long list of false claims that the MTA is currently making, e.g., we’ll be forced to use poison within cities if I-177 passes, or that we will be overrun by wolves and other wild animals.

Trappers have been grossly misleading the public about I-177 and its many benefits for people, pets and wildlife. Recreational and commercial trapping is a disgrace for humanity. Just read Charles Darwin. Learn more on www.yeson177.com and vote “Yes” on I-177 on November 8th.

Anja Heister

Missoula

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