Reporters have a tough job. They have to investigate complex issues and do so under incredible (perhaps) impossible deadlines. It is these deadlines that force them to ask (or more often fail to ask) key questions. After all, the 5 o'clock evening news isn't really about news it's about entertainment. News doesn't get ratings. Entertainment does.
Nevertheless, in an attempt to help reporters ask good questions of the animal rights protest industry, I have provided a list for them to use below.
Q. Why do dog and pet owners have more right to the land than trappers? Isn't the legal principle that those who were here first, get the right of way? (i.e., this principle is why pedestrians are supposed to have the right of way).
Q. Why do pet owners have the right to let their pets roam free on public land year-round? Shouldn't trappers have a right to trap public lands for the few months that state seasons allow?
Q. You assert that traps are dangerous to pets. But aren't pet feces a greater threat to the environment than the traps you oppose?
Q. Why should trapping/traps be banned because you pet was caught in a trap? Would you ask to ban cars because your pet was hurt by a car?
Q. Follow up question. Why do pet owners have the right to use public land for the entire year but trappers don't have the right to use the land for 4 months?
Q. Why should trapping/traps be banned or further restricted when the trap that harmed your pet was already illegal?
Q. Why should it matter that only a few people trap? Are you suggesting that the majority oppress the minority?
Animal rights protest industry activist carrying a sign.