A bill was introduced into the General Assembly two weeks ago, Raised S.B. No. 994, which is AN ACT CONCERNING LEGHOLD TRAPS, to prevent needless animal suffering, introduced by: Environment Committee
This bill is set to issue regulations governing and prescribing the taking of all species of fur-bearing animals by use of traps within the state.
Specifically, it will regulate the horrific leg-hold traps used by hunters which often maim or kill unintended animals, including pets.
A few weeks ago, a great-horned owl was found dragging herself across a road with a leg-hold trap snapped shut on her foot. The bird was rescued and taken to the Yalesville Veterinary hospital. However, due to inevitable complications from her injuries, she had to be euthanized.
Here's another example; and if you are at all squeamish, please do not click on this link to an extremely graphic photo that shows the damage one of these traps caused to a family pet.
I understand that farmers need to control pest animals, and hunters enjoy providing skins of fur-bearing animals to stitch together and form a dead-animal coat, but there are other, much more humane traps that can be used to deal with these animals. And, the likelihood of a beloved pet falling victim to a trap that can mangle and/or kill the creature will drop drastically.
Contact your state representative and ask them to support SB 994, An Act Concerning Leghold Traps.
For more information, and to send an email to your representative and state senator, visit The Humane Society anti-trapping web page.