This past year, our Association has seen an alarming increase in the number of trapping accidents. In addition to wild animals like coyotes, skunks and raccoons, dogs and cats have been found suffering in leg-hold, Conibear and snare traps all over BC. The current regulations do nothing to protect animals.
Under current trapping regulations:
- Cruel leg-hold, Conibear and snare traps are legal
- A trap can be set 200 metres from a dwelling (ie. school, home)
- No warning signs or notices are required
- Traps are not required to have identification tags linking them to the trapper. If an incident occurs, it is very difficult to find out “who” set the trap.
YOU CAN HELP.
Please email Honorable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources.
You can also CC your email to Premier Christy Clark. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell them that for this election, you want them to make the treatment of BC wildlife a priority.
To start, all bodygripping traps should be prohibited, or at the very least, it should be mandatory for trappers to post warning signs and their traps should have i.d. tags or serial numbers for tracking purposes should an incident occur.
On behalf of the animals, thank you!