22 NOVEMBER 1930, Page 42


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin,—The cruelty and danger of trapping rabbits cannot be eliminated by writing letters to the Spectator and other journals, since rabbit trappers are not in the habit of reading these papers. My experience of the trapper leads me to believe that the younger generation at least is open to in- fluence. The method of approach must be by propaganda and demonstration. The younger generation in the country is accustomed to lectures on gardening and farming ; they are eager for information and open to conviction. If the humane trap is workable, then it should be demonstrated to the rabbit-trapping community. We cannot expect that this community, whose living depends upon successfully trapping rabbits, will give up the present method unless they are certain of the success of another. Then there is the question of the cost of new traps. Let a good appeal be made, a com- petent demonstration be given, and financial encouragement be offered, and you will fmd the rabbit-trapping community humane and amenable.—I am, Sir, &c.,