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2014 State Legislation:

Sponsor(s): Assm. Linda Rosenthal (D-67)

New York: A.8329: Training Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators in Nonlethal Methods

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (June, 2014): This bill failed to pass before the end of the session, so it is dead.
Update (May 30, 2014): This bill was severely weakened through amendments. Read the amended version here.

Bill Description:

This bill requires nuisance wildlife control operators to use non-lethal methods that avoid injuring the “nuisance” animal, unless prohibited by a different law or necessary to protect public safety or the environment. Additionally, animals caught in box traps or otherwise captured alive must be released alive in most circumstances. If the captured animal is distressed, diseased, or injured, the nuisance wildlife control operator must transport the animal to a veterinarian or licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

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Sponsor(s): Sponsor: Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz (D-22)

Hawaii: S.B. 744: Prohibiting Certain Traps [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update: The committee passed over this bill, so it died in February, 2014.

Bill Description:
Prohibits the use of body-crushing traps, foot- or leg-hold traps, and snares to take any animal in Hawaii.
The penalty for violating this law is a misdemeanor.

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Sponsor(s): Assm. Linda Rosenthal (D-67)

New York: A.6936: Increases Penalties for Mislabeling Fur

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update: Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee 1/8/14.

Bill Description:
This bill increases the penalties for mislabeling fur to $1500 for the first violation and $3000 for each subsequent violation.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Gail Griffin (R-14)

Arizona: S.B. 1211: Trapping and Killing Mexican Gray Wolves, and Other Species [2014]

Born Free USA Position: Oppose

Update (April 22, 2014): Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the bill.
Update (February, 2014): This bill was amended on the Senate floor. The changes are reflected in the italicized and stricken portions of the Bill Description below.

Bill Description:
This bill widens the circumstances in which Mexican gray wolves may be “taken,” which in this case means to be trapped or otherwise killed. It allows an employee of the Department of Agriculture or a livestock operator to take any wolf that has been documented or caught in the act of killing livestock.

A landowner or lessee, who is a livestock operator or their agents may take any wolf under any of the following circumstances:
• Any wolf actually engaged in the act of killing, wounding or biting livestock.
• By livestock guarding dogs, when the dogs are used in the traditional manner to protect livestock.
• This In self defense or the defense of the lives of others, provided the taking is reported within 24 hours to APHIS’ Mexican wolf recovery coordinator or a designated rep.

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Sponsor(s): Sens. Brian Dansel (R-7) and Don Benton (R-17)

Washington: S.B.6287: Creating a Program to Hunt Cougars with Dogs

Born Free USA position: Oppose

Update: This bill died in the Senate in March 2014.

Bill description: This bill would authorize the Department of Fish & Wildlife to recommend rules to establish a five-year pilot program to pursue or kill cougars with the aid of dogs in select counties. Dangerous wildlife task teams would be developed in each of these counties to help establish a pursuit season and a kill season.

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Sponsor(s): Rep. David L. Deen (D-Windham-4)

Vermont: H.589: Repealing the Prohibition on Snares

Born Free USA position: Oppose

Update: Committee on Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources voted unanimously to remove the provision on snares, 1/24/14

Bill description: This bill would amend various requirements relating to hunting, fishing, or trapping in Vermont. In particular, it would repeal the 50-year-old prohibition on the snaring of animals.

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