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Petition #1: Overrule New Jersey's Decision to Reinstate the Use of Leghold Traps

Animals  (tags: animalcruelty, animalwelfare, fur, trapping, leghold traps, raccoons, opossums, beavers, otters, cats, suffering, pain, death, NJ )

- 1337 days ago -
Does this look "humane" to you? No matter how the New Jersey Fish and Game Council (FGC), New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and the New Jersey Fur Harvesters sugarcoat it, a rose by any other name...


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Kathleen W (0)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 6:15 pm
Specifically, the NJ law as written and passed in 1984:

23:4-22.1. Steel-jaw leghold type trap prohibition

No person shall manufacture, sell, offer for sale, possess, import or transport an animal trap of the steel-jaw leghold type.

L.1984, c. 37, § 1.

23:4-22.2. Use banned

No person shall take or attempt to take any animal by means of a trap of the steel-jaw leghold type.

L.1984, c. 37, § 2.

Under scrutiny are the two words: "jaw" and "type."

Despite being more discriminate than the open 'jaws' of the 1800's, the recently approved EGG, Duff and Lil' Grizz Get'rz all use a powerful, spring-loaded clamping mechanism (60 pounds of pressure) to restrain its victims...which serves the exact same purpose - and inflicts the same amount of harm - as the jaw style. ALL leghold traps/snares: 1) Instill the exact same fear; 2) Deliver identical, initial, acute pain (including broken bones and amputated limbs) until restricted blood flow causes the limb to go numb; and 3) Subject the animal to prolonged physical and mental torment due to exposure (e.g. extreme weather conditions, animal attacks/predation), starvation, dehydration and/or blood loss from self-mutilation in their desperate, angst-driven attempts to be free.

Since any body-gripping trap is inherently cruel, from a moral standpoint, no rational person without a vested interest is buying the DFW's assistant director Larry Herrighty's spin that they are "different – peer review literature says they are more humane and efficient."

And excerpted from their website

"These traps have been specifically designed to capture species such as raccoon and opossum (which possess a degree of manual dexterity) while minimizing the capture of non-target animals especially domestic dogs and cats. Enclosed foothold traps are a live-restraint trap which do not result in the death of the captured animal or in the potential for significant injury."

Although traps are supposed to be checked every 24 hours ("preferably in the morning"), this is a highly unregulated industry - which basically leaves the trappers to police themselves at best...operate on an honor system at worst.

Also keep in mind that laziness (along with greed) is one of the primary reasons behind the change from using the more humane box trap. According to the Press of Atlantic City: Larry Hajna, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said trappers asked for the change because the proposed traps are more portable than the cumbersome box ones.

1) Legal trapping year-round;
2) No 'bag' limit;
3) Leghold traps costing only $15 apiece;
4) The newfound convenience in size; and
5) Approximately 1,200 trappers statewide...

Just imagine how many beavers, otters, curious kitties, opossums and raccoons they can now legally torture?

Since retrieving a ‘marketable pelt’ is a major goal of trapping (along with removal of so-called nuisance animals and just having some 'good ole fun' coming in second and third place), what do you think the life of a raccoon or opossum is worth to a trapper these days?

Well, according to their March auction, The West Virginia Trappers Association reported that 3588 raccoons sold at an average price of $7.10 each, and 835 opossums sold for an average of $2.06!

An independent buyer (also in WV) projects he'll pay the following for the end of 2015 to the beginning of 2016:

Raccoon (Finished):

Above Quality
(Thick Underfur/Long Guard Hair/No damages)

JUMBO /35": $10
XXXL /32": $8
XXL /29": $4
XL /27": $2

Opossum (Finished/I-grade):

24” (XL): $2
22” (LG): $1
18” (MED): $0.50
Black Grinners: NO VALUE!!!

II-grade: Deduct 25% or more

III-grade: Deduct 50% to 75%

IV-grade: NO VALUE

What a disgusting and disgraceful disregard for life.

Animae C (508)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 7:07 pm
O no, this can't happen!!!

48,046 supporters
1,954 needed to reach 50,000

Thanx Kathy

Antiope K (0)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 7:38 pm
Horrible and heartbreaking! Signed, noted and shared on facebook
.Thank you, Kathy!

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 7:41 pm
Signed and noted.

Dogan O (2)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 8:30 pm
noted and signed

Care two is lost (252)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 9:02 pm
Signed thank you

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 11:16 pm
So cruel. S+S-thx Kathy

Inge B (202)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 11:36 pm


ERIKA S (58)
Friday September 25, 2015, 12:30 am
You’re one of 48,594 people to sign this petition.

Friday September 25, 2015, 1:41 am
Done with 48,632 supporters
1,368 needed to reach 50,000
Thank you, Kathy.

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Friday September 25, 2015, 1:49 am
Done > 48,637 supporters
1,363 needed to reach 50,000
& Thank you Kathy

Lisa On Vacation (203)
Friday September 25, 2015, 5:05 am
Signed, thank you Kathy.

Veronique L (209)
Friday September 25, 2015, 7:17 am
signed and noted

Helen A (100)
Friday September 25, 2015, 7:40 am
done, thanks

Past Member (0)
Friday September 25, 2015, 8:17 am
noted & signed; Thank you Kathy!

Roberto Meritoni (3)
Friday September 25, 2015, 8:31 am

Shelli S (374)
Friday September 25, 2015, 10:31 am
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife really are a piece of work, i hope they all step into leghold traps & are forced to suffer the pain, no help from no 1..serve them right..Anti wildlife pro pain & suffering & that's no joke. Senator Raymond J. Lesniak you have my respect, go get them! Thanks Kathy S/N

Ruth L (226)
Friday September 25, 2015, 11:34 am
Signed/noted. Thanks Kathy

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Friday September 25, 2015, 12:19 pm

Malgorzata Zmuda (202)
Friday September 25, 2015, 12:23 pm

Malgorzata Zmuda (202)
Friday September 25, 2015, 12:25 pm
udostępnione na fb.

Malgorzata Zmuda (202)
Friday September 25, 2015, 12:25 pm

Dianne D (490)
Friday September 25, 2015, 12:49 pm

Joanne Dixon (37)
Friday September 25, 2015, 1:06 pm
If it occurs to them that it is possible (and has, indeed, happened) for hunters/trappers to fall into leghold traps genitals first, they may rethink this.

norma laborie (33)
Friday September 25, 2015, 1:49 pm

Birgit W (160)
Friday September 25, 2015, 2:29 pm
Gladly signed. Thanks.

Bartlomiej T (296)
Friday September 25, 2015, 2:37 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you, Kathy.

Dori C (17)
Friday September 25, 2015, 2:39 pm

Marie Ange Berchem (52)
Friday September 25, 2015, 2:49 pm
N & S

Irene Leggett (0)
Friday September 25, 2015, 3:23 pm
Hunters truly are despicable, heartless morons and those that encourage these animal-killers are also nothing but gutless, soul-less cretins.

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday September 25, 2015, 3:38 pm
Signed and noted. It is cruel and inhumane and there should be a federal ban.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday September 25, 2015, 5:32 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Kathy.

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Friday September 25, 2015, 6:24 pm
Petition signed. Thank you

Jana DiCarlo (45)
Friday September 25, 2015, 6:39 pm

Anne K (139)
Friday September 25, 2015, 6:52 pm
Signed. Thanks, Kathy. I guess humans will always remain a barbaric species.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 25, 2015, 7:16 pm
S & N & S!

Mari D (81)
Friday September 25, 2015, 11:49 pm

Kerstin Strobl (123)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 2:54 am

SylvieBusy A (190)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 3:28 am
N, S&S. Thanks.

Jim Ven (0)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 3:49 am
thanks for the article.

Ruth C (87)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 6:17 am

Marco Baracca (41)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 7:37 am
Signed #51606 & shared ty Kathy

Winn A (179)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 7:26 pm
Signed and shared on FB

Jan Garen (86)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 12:39 pm

Alison A (244)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 2:18 pm
Signed and noted, thanks Kathy.

Leslene Dunn (84)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 10:16 pm
Noted and signed - I pray that these disgusting sub humans along with their families get caught in these cruel traps, I want them to scream themselves to death.

Sherri Martin (78)
Monday September 28, 2015, 7:32 pm
Noted, Signed and Shared to Facebook

Danuta W (1251)
Friday October 2, 2015, 11:53 am

Paulinha Russell (80)
Wednesday October 7, 2015, 7:50 am
Signed. Thanks.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Friday December 4, 2015, 8:04 am
Poor animals... Done
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