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ACT: Ask Your Senator to Support the Bear Smart Bill

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The Bear Smart Bill didn’t pass in 2013, so we’re excited to see it reintroduced in 2014! S. 687 helps compassionately manage conflicts with wildlife, which is crucial, because these problems are often addressed through inhumane measures, such as trapping. This bill requires areas in defined bear habitats to use bear-resistant bins and dumpsters. It also restricts baiting for bears or deer in bear habitats. Baiting is a cruel and unsporting practice in which old food is purposefully left in a particular location, while hunters wait nearby for an easy and unsuspecting target. The sensible solution this bill offers will result in fewer bears being attracted to populated areas, thus reducing the chance of conflict with humans.

We need to build momentum on this bill now to ensure that it passes in 2014, so please contact your state senator and ask them to support S. 687!

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ACT: Harmful Beaver Trapping Legislation is Back; Let's Defeat it Again

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In 2013, we fought hard against a bill that would expand beaver trapping opportunities and put countless animals at risk. With your help, that bill never made it across the finish line – a great victory for the wildlife of your state. Now, however, certain legislators are back at it, and we need to renew our efforts to defeat this bill a second time. A. 2410 threatens to remove the statutory 200 permit limit for trapping beavers. An increase in legal trapping limits is unnecessary and could 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 Furthermore, trapping is an outdated and inhumane practice that causes needless suffering and distress to individual animals, while also killing members of threatened or endangered species.

Last legislative session, the former bill was fast-tracked through the anti-wildlife Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and then immediately passed by the full Assembly. This time around, we must educate the Assembly—and quickly. Write to your assemblymember now and ask them to oppose this bill!

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