- Scientific studies have shown that other animals have as much
capacity to feel pain as humans. However, animals are more "stoic"
about it (which means they don't show it) because in nature, the
weak, injured animal becomes the target. Animals have learned to hide
their illness and pain very well because they do not want to be
lunch. This makes it very difficult for wildlife and zoo
veterinarians to diagnose illness because wild animals are very good
at this defense mechanism.
Regarding the comment that you think the bobcats' paws were not
injured very much because you were unable to see any damage ...
that's simply ridiculous. Number one, you are not a trained
pathologist, so you are not qualified to judge from exterior
appearances whether there was any damage. Number two, if exterior
appearances were all that were needed to diagnose injury, we could
save a hell of a lot of money on radiology equipment. Next time I
have a lame horse or dog come in to the clinic, I'll just call you to
come over and compare it to the animal's other legs and then tell the
owners that there is NO INJURY because it LOOKS THE SAME. I'm sure
they'd be regular clients of mine for the rest of my life. Ha ha. Oh,
and when you were "examining" these animals, weren't they already
dead? Do you think that signs of injury, including tissue swelling,
redness and heat are going to be present in an animal long dead?
Here's a hint: they WON'T.
And I'd also like to address your use of "sticks" in trying to
determine whether a trap would break a bone. If you would examine a
stick and a bone, you'll see that their substance and structure is
COMPLETELY different. Sticks are made of CELLULOSE arranged into long
fibers that are closely adhered to one another. Bones are made of
MINERALIZED CARTILAGE that is arranged into a matrix and is
constantly being remodeled by the cells within the matrix. Bone is
much more brittle and likely to break than a stick. Therefore, your
comparing a stick to a bone of the same size is completely ridiculous.
You can use all of these little idiotic mechanisms to make yourself
think that you are not hurting the animals if you want, but the
bottom line is, YOU ARE. We have cases come in to the clinic all the
time ... dogs and cats that have been caught in foothold traps.
Broken bones is the norm. Infection is common. And self mutilation is