I'm thrilled to report that our friend Charlie, the young gopher who was caught in a glue trap and saved by a dedicated firefighter, is happily on the mend and beginning his life anew!
I never cease to be amazed by the resilience of animals and the tenacity of the humans who treat these amazing creatures as they so rightly deserve: as our kin.
Sadly, glue traps are just one example of the inhumane ways that humans interface with other species.
I encourage everyone to follow the example set by people like Ric, the firefighter who patiently freed Charlie from the glue trap; Mary, the real estate assessor who devotes her free time to helping wildlife in need, or Gina, the kick-boxing instructor who is willing to go out of her way to transport an injured animal where he needs to go.
All of these individuals have regular jobs but still take it upon themselves to help our fellow creatures when the opportunity presents itself. You don't need to make animal welfare your career or have special training to make a difference in the life of an endangered animal. What's more important is a sense of personal responsibility regarding our impact on the world -- a world where 99.9% of inhabitants are members of species other than the human variety.
We have all the common sense, intelligence and instincts to live compassionately. Advertising like that found on the packaging of glue traps, claiming such traps are "humane" in any way, insults this intelligence. And sadly, we are too often presented with such misleading information.
We're smarter than that. And we owe it to our fellow creatures to employ these smarts at every opportunity.
Dr. Pia Salk