September 30, 2013
Ensure Beaver Trapping Bill Dies in Committee
In July, I told you about S.2665, an appalling bill in the New Jersey legislature that would expand trapping opportunities and put countless animals at risk. Now this bill, sponsored by Senator Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford Township), has been referred to the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. We have an opportunity to end its progress right here in this committee by convincing the members to vote against it, but we need your help. Our partners in the state have informed us that three out of five senators—Smith (the chairman), Beck, and Whelan—may vote in favor of the measure.
S.2665 threatens to remove the statutory 200 permit limit for trapping beavers. It is already permissible to kill 1,000 beavers every year, which is half of New Jersey's entire beaver population! An increase in legal trapping limits is unnecessary, and threatens to decimate the number of beavers in the state. Furthermore, trapping is an outdated and inhumane practice that causes needless suffering and distress to individual animals, while also killing members of threatened or endangered species.
These three senators may be swayed if they hear powerful opposition from their constituents, so please contact them and urge them to vote against this bill!
For the animals,
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