January 23, 2014
Ask Your Representative to Oppose Barbaric Trapping--and You Can Attend the Public Hearing for a Larger Impact
Trapping is an outdated and inhumane practice, but luckily Representative
Steve Vaillancourt (R-Manchester) has introduced a bill that would outlaw most
traps! H.B. 1579 faces an uphill battle in a state with a small but vocal
trapping community, so we need you to make your voice heard and
to tell the members of the Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee to vote
for this important bill.
Additionally, there is a public hearing on Thursday, January 30 at 9:00am in the
Legislative Office Building, room 305-307. Please attend if you are able, and
take advantage of this opportunity to express your support to the committee. Being there in person is one of the strongest statements you can make for the animals! Details on public hearings are available here.
H.B. 1579 would prohibit most uses of steel-jaw, foothold,
snare, and conibear traps in New Hampshire. Animals caught in these barbaric
traps – which snap over body parts or tighten around necks – suffer immensely
from their injuries, long periods of distress, and, ultimately, sad deaths. Many
even gnaw off their own limbs in an effort to escape, often dying of a painful
infection days later. Additionally, traps
are indiscriminate, so many non-targeted animals die as “collateral damage,”
including endangered species and family pets. This danger was illustrated by
the 2012 death of Andrew, a 4-year-old mixed breed dog who suffocated in a
conibear trap in Auburn and who is cited in the bill.
urge the committee members to make the compassionate decision and vote for H.B.
1579 – and then attend the public hearing if you are able. Inaction
would be unbearably cruel for the magnificent wildlife in New Hampshire.
For the animals,
P.S. Please contribute to our Trapping Victims Fund to help pay veterinary costs for individual animals who have been impacted by cruel traps.
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