House Bill 1579, passed through the NH House and is on its way to the Senate. HB1579 has been amended to increase the penalty for illegal trapping and creates a study committee of trapping. Everything else that was in the bill is gone.
We are disappointed that our legislators once again listened to the trappers more so than us but at least we did get something. We are supporting HB1579 in its newly amended form. Please ask your NH Senators to support this bill. Call or write them at any time and ask for their support. Crossover is March 27, the day in which passed house bills go to the Senate and vice versa.
We also have an online petition at www.tinyurl.com/nhcatpetition for NH residents to sign. Please continue to sign this petition as this battle is far from over!
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A mixed breed rescued dog named Andrew was killed on December 5th, 2012 by a Conibear trap that was set on a public trail in Auburn, NH. The trap had been baited and set illegally by a licensed trapper to catch fisher. When Andrew investigated the trap it slammed shut on his throat and he suffocated. His owner was helpless to do much more than to watch as her dog struggled and died a horrible death in front of her.
Another incident involved an American bald eagle that was rescued from a steel-jawed leghold trap by Sgt. Michael Wagner of the Salem Police on November 22, 2012. Then on June 8, 2013 The Nashua Telegraph reported that a small dog was missing after being released from a leghold trap by a passerby on Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack. The dog reportedly had a broken leg and serious facial injuries from being trapped.
Trappers aren’t required to report non-targeted animals that they catch. How many others are caught accidentally but are never reported?