Connecticut Rep. Brenda L. Kupchick’s (R-Fairfield) House Bill 6014, which would ban the widely used leg-hold and body-gripping traps, will have a hearing in the Joint Committee on Environment on March 1 at 10:30 a.m. in room 2B of the Legislative Office Building. Since snare traps are already banned, passage of HB 6014 would criminalize all three of the most commonly used and effective trapping methods in Connecticut.
Take Action Today! Connecticut members should contact their state representative and ask them to vote NO on HB 6014. Connecticut members can find their state representatives by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), which is made up of the nation’s wildlife agencies, along with wildlife biologists, the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians and the American Veterinary Medical Association, all support the use of trapping in wildlife management. State, federal and tribal agencies all use trapping to manage and study wildlife in their habitats because it provides the most humane methods of capture and release. Trapping helps scientifically monitor the health and size of animal populations by biologists, while recreational trappers also pay to help control those populations as opposed to the state using taxpayer funds to do it themselves or hire contracted commercial trappers.
Banning leg-hold and body-gripping traps creates public safety issues as well. Some furbearing animals, such as raccoons, can carry rabies and pose a threat to both pets and people if their populations are not controlled. Other furbearers, such as beavers, can cause serious property damage and millions of dollars in damages due to flooding caused by dam building.
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