December 14, 2010
Trappers Seek To Extend Trap-Check Requirement to 7 Days!
Trappers in Utah only have to check brutal leghold traps once every 48 hours, and snares and Conibear traps once every 96 hours. Now they want trap times extended to seven days!
Tell the Utah Wildlife Board to reject this proposal to increase trapping agony.
Animals caught in traps for several days may starve, dehydrate, be attacked by other animals, or mangle their mouths and limbs in futile efforts to free themselves. Trappers also catch non-target animals, including deer, birds, squirrels, endangered species, cats and dogs. All these animals have a much better chance of survival if traps are checked at least once every 24 hours.
Utah’s minimal trapping regulations already have earned the state a shameful grade of D-plus in Born Free USA’s recently-released State Trapping Report Card. Clearly, Utah needs to strengthen trapping regulations, not weaken them.
Help Born Free USA protect furbearers in Utah from barbaric trapping. Tell the Utah Wildlife Board to reject the proposal to extend trap check times to seven days. In fact, tell the board to change trap check times to 24 hours, following the lead of 32 other states.
Comments must be received by Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, in order to be considered when the Utah Wildlife Board meets in Salt Lake City the next day.