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Gov. Jerry Brown's dog Sutter puts his paw of approval on AB 789. From left: Jennifer Fearing, California Senior State Director for the Humane Society of the United States; Assemblymember Das Williams; and Leslie Villegas, legislative aide to Williams.

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Gov. Jerry Brown's dog Sutter puts his paw of approval on AB 789. From left: Jennifer Fearing, California Senior State Director for the Humane Society of the United States; Assemblymember Das Williams; and Leslie Villegas, legislative aide to Williams.


Das’s Wildlife Trapping Bill Signed Into Law

Outlaws Certain Traps and Killing Methods


Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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A wildlife trapping bill authored by Assemblymember Das Williams to protect animals from potentially cruel and unusual deaths was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown this Tuesday.

AB 798, which amends a section of California’s Fish and Game code, imposes new restrictions on a particularly brutal kind of trap — the conibear — and makes it illegal for private nuisance wildlife control operators (NWCOs) to kill the animals they catch with disturbing but previously lawful methods such as drowning, chest crushing, and the injection of chemical solvents like nail polish remover.

“We must take great care with all of our animals,” said Williams. “Even so-called ‘nuisance wildlife’ deserves to be treated humanely. It is time we hold trappers to a higher standard and demand that they end their severely cruel killing practices.”

Supported by 20 different animals rights groups and organizations — but opposed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife — the bill prohibits the use of body-gripping conibear traps that are bigger than six inches by six inches (unless they’re in water) and mandates the posting of warning signs when they’re set on public land. Domestic dogs and cats, Williams said, are often accidentally killed by conibears.

“We share this planet with wildlife,” Williams said. “Animals cannot speak for themselves so we must speak for them and stop their torturous, slow and painful deaths.”

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Living creatures caught in conibear traps die slow, painful deaths as their body parts (heads, legs, bellys) are crushed. These traps are indiscriminate in their cruel killing. Domestic pets and humans have been killed or maimed in these contraptions and warning signs is a great step to alert the public to areas in which they are being used. There really is no need to inflict a painful death on any creature by drowning or injecting chemicals into them. What we may see as a "pest" is a part of the ecological food chain. By taking one "supposedly" weak link out of it, we weaken the entire system, including ourselves. I applaud Assemblymember Williams on getting this thoughtful and compassionate bill through to the Governors desk for his signature.

cookiejill (anonymous profile)
August 28, 2013 at 9:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nail polish remover? I just lost my lunch.

chilldrinfthenight (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 12:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

BRAVO! I AM PROUD OF OUR REPRESENTATIVE!

AND PROUD OF MY GOVERNOR AND HIS CORGI!!

PENELOPE

penelopeb (anonymous profile)
September 1, 2013 at 1:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

glad someone took the initiative for this law.

mgreg (anonymous profile)
September 1, 2013 at 8:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

BRAVO!!!! Now, please let's finish ab1213 The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013! Thanks!!
Ps, Sutter took a moment with us last week and seemed to assure us he was an "AYE" vote for the Bobcats! Thanks, Sutter! And Jennifer for taking a great picture of us from projectbobcat.org

TominJoshuaTree (anonymous profile)
September 2, 2013 at 12:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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