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Trapping Bills Fast-Tracked in Massachusetts Legislature

April 14, 2011 by Tails Magazine in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

A Message from MSPCA-Angell

We knew that trapping would be a hot topic at the State House this legislative session, but we didn’t expect to have just a couple days notice for a hearing before the Environment committee on some extreme bills. To make matters worse, an amended version of Chairwoman Gobi’s bill, an Act Regarding Our Natural Resources, H. 2001, was reported out during the executive session immediately following the hearing. It is now in House Ways & Means, and has been re-numbered to H.3315.

This bill is dramatically different than what advanced last year and goes far beyond addressing conflicts between people and beavers. H.3115 would significantly gut the current trapping law, going so far as to allow leghold traps and snares for recreational trapping.

The MSPCA opposes the use of snares and body-gripping traps because they are inherently non-specific and inhumane, both for target and non-target animals.

This legislation would bring us back many decades, to a time when archaic and barbaric devices were used on land, putting all animals at risk of injury and death.

We need your help again this session to maintain the will of the voters to restrict body-gripping traps. Please contact your Massachusetts state legislators and let them know that you oppose any and all attempts to expand inhumane trapping in Massachusetts. If you don’t know who represents you on Beacon Hill, go to www.wheredoivotema.com and scroll down to Rep and Senator in General Court.

Please visit our webpage to take action on trapping, www.mspca.org/takeaction, find out more about bills www.mspca.org/legislation, join the Animal Action Team at www.mspca.org/jointheteam, and follow the MSPCA’s Animal Action Team on Facebook.

Also, don’t forget to check our events page at www.mspca.org/calendar and www.mspca.org/lobby101 for information on workshops on how to advocate for animals (in April) and Lobby Day at the State House (May 4th).

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