At this moment my adrenaline is flowing and my head pounding. I have never been as disgusted as I was when I read of Dorothy Gooch and her love of trapping (Trappin' Kind of Stands Alone, June 14). The mentality of a person who loves the thrill of causing an animal a violent, agonizing death frightens me.
When will our government pass a law to ban the steel leg-hold trap? Several of the animals Gooch traps are on the endangered species list.
It galls me that she thinks she has the right to those animals just because they share the same land. The animals are mine as much as hers, and I want them alive and free.
You have a moral responsibility to now publish us an anti-trapping article.
P.S. I would never buy or wear a fur!
SUSAN M. NIEDERRITER
It would be interesting to see what kind of thrill Dorothy Gooch got out of trapping if the roles were reversed, and she got her hand caught, with no means of escape other than chewing the limb off.
I learned about the barbaric steel-jaw trap the hard way. Last December our pet cat went across the road and into the yard of a neighbor (whose property borders on our local wildlife sanctuary) where he was caught in such a trap for approximately 17 hours before the teen-ager who set the trap found him and released him. When he came home his leg was badly mangled. The vet did what he could but finally had to remove the leg at the shoulder.
After speaking to others in the community I discovered that trapping in our township was quite common and that our pet was not the first to get caught in such a trap—even children had been injured. Together we were able to get a local ordinance passed which prohibits the use of the trap. We hope more people will become aware of the cruelty of these devices and ban them altogether.
MARY LOU ROSE
Grosse Ile, Mich.
Dwight Stones is a superb athlete and his flying demonstrations are awesome and inspiring (The Right Height for Dwight's Flight, June 14). Track isn't quite as popular yet as basketball and baseball, where athletes are paid a mint for their skills. But the true athletes are those like Dwight Stones who work just as hard as professionals, often with inferior equipment and without receiving a nickel, doing it out of love for their sport.
Two world records were broken in track: Earl Bell broke the pole vault record, and you just put him in FOR THE RECORD. A few days later the high jump record was broken, and it gets a cover story. Please can't we have a little bit more fairness?