Conlee, the fur-bearer
biologist for Fisheries and Wildlife, said there have only been five instances in Massachusetts.
This is what happened to the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (also known as Fur-Bearer
Defenders) in 1999 when their charitable status was revoked due to their advocacy work to change legislation.
Many environmental and animal protection groups, including Friends of Clayoquot Sound and Fur-Bearer Defenders, lost their charitable status a few years ago when Charity Watch, a pro-hunting group, pressured the government to review their status.
As Maryjka Mychajlowycz of the Friends of Clayoquot Sound notes: "It seems the rules limiting advocacy are more stringently applied to charities who champion environmental protection than to those so-called charities that represent the hunting lobby." George Clements of the Fur-Bearer Defenders adds "How can hunting groups claim they are 'protecting' our animals and receive charitable status while our Association whose central aim is the protection of animals (even in our name) loses its status?"
A smaller number of Evenki families and individuals live in the taiga where they pursue traditional practices centering on big-game hunting, trapping fur-bearers
, and gathering, with mobility facilitated by domestic reindeer, and in some cases combustion-powered vehicles.
frequently chew themselves apart in a futile attempt to save their life.
slinging fish offal and animal bones into coves, indiscriminately trapping any and all fur-bearers
, over-fishing the salmon rivers ...
Raccoons are categorized as fur-bearers
under state law, which means it's necessary to get a permit to trap them.
He clusters the essays in groups of from four to seven within categories such as shelter (tepee, igloo, wigwam, quonset hut), clothing (moccasin, mukluk, shoepac, poc boot, parka, anorak, mackinaw), food from plants (hominy, corn pone, succotash, squash, saguaro), and fur-bearers
(muskrat, raccoon, skunk, carcajou, quickhatch, woodchuck, chipmunk).
He explained that, if the Fur-Bearers
Association or any other such group are successful in banning the leghold trap and trapping, then suicides, alcoholism and other social pathologies will increase nationwide in Aboriginal trapping populations.
There are also deer, cottontail rabbit, raccoon, gray squirrel, aquatic fur-bearers
, waterfowl and numerous nongame wildlife species on the property.
Association wants Canadians to pressure the government to ban the leghold trap and to stop spending millions of dollars on trap research.