Emily the Trapper
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to travel check traps on an Alberta trapline with trappers Emily Lamb and Bill Abercrombie. Lamb is one of the most interesting young women I’ve met in a long time, and what she and Bill had to say about trapping surprised me. Rather than adhering to the stereotype of being buckskinned animal murderers bent on harvesting animals for fur, today’s trappers play a crucial role in conservation and wildlife management. In order to help the many, sometimes you have to kill the few.
My story about Emily, which the clever folks at Swerve Magazine named “She Got Game,” can be found online here.
Very slick, sophisticated, persuasive propaganda by a high-powered writer. Journalistically and scientifically, this one-sided article is unbalanced and unsound. A lot of opinions masquerading as fact. Accepts uncritically the trappers’ absurd, unsubstantiated claims. Whitewashing cruelty to animals and destruction of nature.
The author fails to consider or include other points of view. Mr Di Cintio does not speak with ecologists or biologists. No interviews with anyone representing the animal rights side. Just a lot of putdowns from the trappers.
Mr Di Cintio little appreciates how much damage his article will cause and how much pain to innocent creatures. Journalists can use their pens for good or for evil. I wonder if Mr Di Cintio has sold his soul.