The following is an Alert sent to us by the Animal Protection League of NJ:
FOR THE SECOND TIME, NEW JERSEY FISH AND GAME COUNCIL
TRIES TO 'REGULATE' OUTLAWED TYPE OF LEGHOLD TRAP
GAME COUNCIL PROPOSED 'REGULATING' A TYPE OF
LEGHOLD TRAP FOR RACCOONS AND OPPOSUMS
Please submit your comments to DEP
Submit comments by May 15, 2015, electronically at http://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/comments
Fill in the required boxes. At "Select Rulemaking from the list," scroll to "DEP Dk No. 01-15-02, 2015-2016 Game Code proposed rule amendments." Type your comments in the field. You can use the wording below as a basis for your comments, or use your own words, at the beginning, or end.
Proposed rule 7:25-5.12 to allow certain types of spring-operated leghold traps for raccoon and opossum contravenes N.J.S.A. 23:-22.1 et seq (the Act). Enacted by the Legislature in 1984, the Act prohibits the manufacture, sale, offer for sale, possession, importation or transportation of any "animal trap of the steel-jaw leghold types." In the words of a former Attorney General, the ban is absolute and unambiguous. The sole exception is for "mouse or rat traps designed for use in or under buildings."
"Enclosed foothold traps" (EGG™, Duffer Trap™, Lil Grizz Get'rz™) are jawed, spring-operated types of leghold traps that snap shut on the foot or leg of an animal to inflict pain, injury, anxiety and fear, and attendant injuries and suffering. The traps restrain the animal for prolonged periods of time.
The Council should withdraw the regulation. The New Jersey Fish and Game Council and the Division of Fish and Wildlife were the chief opponents of the Act. The 2015 proposed rule marks the second time that both have attempted to circumvent the statute by proposing to regulate a type of leghold trap.
The proposed regulation violates New Jersey's landmark humane law. The Council should withdraw it immediately.
PLEASE NOTIFY APLNJ THAT YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR COMMENTS AT INFO@APLNJ.ORG.