Fur trapper on P.E.I. fined for using antiquated traps

Steve Sharratt
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PROVINCIAL COURT

Francis Joseph Howlett of Selkirk must pay $400 following Georgetown court case

GEORGETOWN – An Island trapper who has been catching fur-bearing animals for 68 years found himself in provincial court for using antiquated traps.

Francis Joseph Howlett of Selkirk was fined $400 in Georgetown court after being charged last November with contravening the provincial Wildlife Conservation Act. Officers said he was using improper traps in the area.

“The water wasn’t as high last fall….that’s the problem,’’ said Howlett, who defended himself and didn’t quite understand why he was even charged.

The nearly 80-year-old man pleaded guilty to the charge that officers found two leg-hold traps lacking a modern device that ensures the animal drowns quickly. The traps to catch muskrats were set in road culverts, and Howlett insisted lower water levels prevented the animals from being killed quickly.

Chief judge Nancy Orr issued the fine after being advised that Howlett had been warned a few years ago about his ancient traps and that they did not comply with current regulations.

Geographic location: GEORGETOWN, Iceland

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  • HUH?
    February 22, 2016 - 19:10

    What do you think dying of "old age" might be like for an animal in nature? Natural death in the wild is the definition of suffering. What do you think happens when one animal eats another in the wild? Do you think it's quick and humane to be eaten alive starting at the back because it's just too dangerous to start anywhere else? Because that is exactly how it's done in your precious nature. Perhaps we should do something about that, yes, lets start jailing and fining animals for eating other animals alive, sound reasonable?

  • STOP THE INHUMANE FUR TRAPPING
    February 21, 2016 - 11:29

    STOP THE INHUMANE FUR TRAPPING IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND SO MUCH FOR LIVING ON A GENTLE ISLAND SOME PEOPLE OUT THERE STILL LIVE IN THE DARK AGES THEY STILL FEEL THE NEED TO GO OUT AND TRAP AND KILL POOR INNOCENCE ANIMALS IF YOU NEED EXTRA MONEY GO OUT AND GET A FEW DAYS WORK HERE AND THERE PLEASE STOP THE CRUEL AND INHUMANE KILLING OF THESE ANIMALS GET OUT OF THE DARK AGES I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THIS IS STILL ALLOWED TO GO ON HERE ON OUR GENTLE ISLAND WHO IS IN CHARGE HERE WHAT A JOKE A 400 HUNDRED DOLLAR FINE AND A ANOTHER SLAP ON THE WRIST WAKE UP IF ANYONE OUT THERE FEELS THE SAME WAY LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD AND MAYBE TOGETHER WE CAN STOP THE INHUMANE KILLING OF THESE POOR ANIMALS THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!

  • Trash Kills
    February 21, 2016 - 11:03

    Great... a senile old man dealing out death to wildlife for 68 years... imagine the pain and suffering caused... and for what?

  • angry
    February 21, 2016 - 11:00

    He should be sentenced to being trapped. It absolutely digusts me that anyone traps in this day and age. Wild animals trapped while roaming in their own natural habitat. The animals are suffering and frightened, sometimes biting their own limbs in desperation to escape. Sometimes bleeding out or dying of hypothermia. How can any human being justify torturing innocent animals for the last 68 years?

  • Stan Hope
    February 21, 2016 - 10:35

    ... and this is why this antiquated practice should be eliminated.