But, that lasted about a nanosecond. Harper's government had a hissy-fit, led by the Minister of the Environment, Leona Aglukkaq, who proudly announced that the government had ordered the RCMP to keep wearing the muskrat fur hats, whether they wanted to or not. The cops capitulated, thereby confirming who is really in charge.
Those of us who were pleased with the initial announcement were, as usual, called "radical" with "campaigns of misinformation." What misinformation? On a TV news show, Bill Davies, head of the Canadian National Trappers Alliance, told Michael Howie of the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals that what Howie considered "humane" would be quite different from what Davies considered to be humane. Exactly so. Most of us would not consider what happens to a muskrat, or to other non-target species in a trap set for muskrats, to be "humane."
But, that aside, Davies went on to point to the "waste" of tens of thousands of muskrats trapped and disposed of in Holland, their furs unused. What he didn't say was that the muskrat is not native to Europe, and that it got to Holland via the ecologically-destructive fur industry, when fur farms were set up overseas and muskrats inevitably escaped. And, he did not say that 20 to 27 percent of Holland is below sea level, and that about 50 percent is within one meter of sea level, and that it is thus protected by a massive network of dikes and sea gates. Muskrats can dig tunnels that threaten the dikes, all courtesy of the industry Davies defends.