Everyone need to email all the senators now! and Oppose SCR11 which would ban the dp trap and the new bill S2750. Bill S2750 has the potential to ban all traps and virtually eliminate trapping in NJ. We need to keep emailing and calling to show them we are not going away and feel strongly for our way of life. We also have to show them that trappers are free wildlife control for the state of new jersey and they need to make decisions based on good science not emotions.
The last mass email that was sent only 39% of the emails sent were actually opened and read. If you know other members please contact them and remind them to check their email, and also pass this info along to non members. We need everyone we can get to email, trappers, outdoorsmen, friends and family. their is a lot of work being done with the federation and other groups but we need to do our part and keep emailing. Many of you may remember when we lost the foothold trap in 1984, these bills are worse, they would virtually eliminate trapping. Back then it was hard to spread the word and gain support but now in a couple minutes you can send one email to all the senators at the same time by copying all the emails addresses below and pasting them in you “to” spot in your email. We cant stress enough how important this is.
Here is the new wording for bill S2750
This bill would ban the manufacture, sale, offer for sale, possession, importation, or transportation of a trap that is a spring-loaded device that restrains an animal by capturing the foot, leg, or other body part, including an enclosed foothold type trap or any other type trap that uses a jaw, arm, bar, cable, or wire to grasp or pin the animal’s foot, leg, or other body part. The bill would also prohibit a person from trapping or attempting to trap an animal using such a trap. The bill specifies that a mouse trap or rat trap designed for use in and under buildings is not a trap prohibited by the bill. A person who violates the bill would be subject to a civil fine of $100 to $300 for a first offense, $500 to $700 for a second offense, and $1,000 to $2,500 for a third or subsequent offense, plus confiscation and forfeiture of all equipment used in, and animals or pelts obtained through, the violation.
When you email please BCC that email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep count how many emails opposed these bills. We ask that you email the senators as often as you can.
I oppose SCR11 & S2750.
Please oppose SCR11The Dog proof trap (DP Trap) is not the same as the OLD steel foot trap.
A three Judge panel of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court found in a unanimous decision that the N.J. Fish and Game Council acted within its rights and the intent of the 1984 law that banned the steel jawed leg hold trap when it legalized the dog proof trap for use during the 2015/2016 trapping season. The court also ruled that the dog proof trap was not a steel jawed leg hold trap as defined in the 1984 law. The trap that was in question is “foot enclosing” and does not operate as jaws with only one movable side of the trap.
New Jersey rabid raccoon attacks have been endangering public health for some time. These are just a few of the instances where the public was effected and endangered.
· Boonton Township, Morris County Park, July 27, 2016. A 76-year-old Morris County man was attacked by a raccoon, park closed after attack.
· A rabid raccoon attacks and mauls a six-year-old boy on his way to school in Elmwood Park, N.J. January, 28, 2016.
· Police warning residents of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. after Raccoon attacks. June 20, 2016.
· A raccoon attacks terrifying neighbors in Denville.
Despite an expanding raccoon population in New Jersey and the high rate of rabies found in that population, the New Jersey Assembly voted to ban the use of the encapsulated Dog Proof trap as a means of controlling raccoons.
Subsequently this new trap was reviewed by the New Jersey Attorney General who found it to be a legal alternative to the steel jawed leg hold trap that was banned by statute in 1985 and the results from the first seasons use of this trap indicates an increase in the raccoon harvest and not a single reported case of a non-targeted species being captured
Please oppose S2750, this bill will ban the use of all traps used to control predators in the state of New Jersey. New Jersey has a ever growing problem with predators spreading diseases, killing pets and livestock and causing public safety hazards by attacking our children and damming or waterways and flooding our properties and roadways.