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Trapping Today Should be Legal, but Limited

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Trapping Today Should be Legal, but Limited

Trapping is a very important issue, which is connected to many other

larger issues. For instance, trapping lies at the heart of the First

Nation's distinct society issue. Before I talk about the present, however,

I would like to discuss whether trapping should have been illegal when

Canada was first being settled in the 17th and 18th centuries.

When the first explorers came to the new world, it was regarded as a

huge slab of worthless rock standing between Europe and the riches of the

Orient. The only reason these explorers even explored this continent was

the hope of finding the North-West passage, a route to the Orient.

Fortunately, while searching for this North-West passage, some of these

explorers stumbled onto a virtual magnet for settlement: The Fur Trade.

When people heard how pelts of all kinds could be obtained so easily and

sold for so much, the idea of not settling in the new world was ridiculous.

Suddenly settlers came to this "slab of worthless rock" and tried to set up

permanent living there. Even after a few failed attempts the draw of the

fur trade was responsible for the settlement we call New France.

After the first steps toward a permanent colony in the new world were

made, the next steps came in leaps and bounds. The French government was

sending everyone they could to settle in New France. Courieurs de Bois,

began coming to the colony to trap furs and sell them back in France.

France granted land to poor people that were willing to risk the great

voyage. The colony flourished, and grew.

It was the fur trade that was mostly responsible for this colony.

However, some think that by this point the colony was large en...

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...ance law. What would all the lawyers do if suddenly practising

law was illegal? The First Nations, I believe, should be allowed to

continue trapping as long as it is under limits. However, I believe that,

after all, their ancestors had such a successful relationship with the land

that trapping within limits should not be a problem. Another problem that

would arise if trapping is illegalized is that it is said that too many

predators (wolves, etc.) would roam the forests and be dangerous to farms

with livestock on them. It is said that trapping keeps the populations of

these predators low, so they will not pose as much of a threat to farms.

In conclusion, I feel that trapping today should be legal within

strict limits that allow for the way of life of the native peoples and for

the balance of nature, but do not permit gratuitous killing of animals.
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