Take Action Today! Connecticut sportsmen should contact their state elected official and ask them to vote NO on HB 6014. Connecticut members can find their state elected official by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.
Connecticut Rep. Brenda L. Kupchick (R-Fairfield) has sponsored legislation (HB 6014) that would ban the use of leg-hold and body-gripping traps. These commonly used traps are some of the most effective means of controlling furbearer populations, which can be a nuisance to communities, a danger to family pets and a public health risk. Currently, HB 6014 has been assigned to the Joint Committee on Environment where it awaits a hearing.
Current Connecticut law allows for leg-hold and body-gripping traps, and already prohibits the use of snares. Should HB 6014 become law and ban these effective and commonly used traps, less effective means would be required, which would negatively impact wildlife management. Some furbearing animals, such as raccoons, often carry rabies and pose a threat to both pets and people if populations are not controlled. Nuisance beavers pose a serious, and expensive, risk to communities and wildlife habitat because of flooding caused by their dams. These furbearers and others are effectively controlled by the traps HB 6014 would ban.
“Leg-hold and body-gripping traps are proven, effective methods that help manage furbearer species that can cause serious property damage and spread disease,” said Luke Houghton, associate director of state services for Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Protecting property and public safety should be the top priority of Connecticut legislators.”
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