AR-News: US (OR) Trap Check Time Requirements
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Wed Jan 7 10:41:50 EST 2004
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to Address Trap Check Time Requirements
Your Comments Needed by Friday, February 6, 2004
The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) is considering rule changes to
its regulations on trap check time requirements for predatory animals in
While Oregon currently has a 48-hour trap check requirement for furbearers
(raccoons, beavers, and other furbearing mammals trapped for their fur),
there are no trap check requirements for coyotes or other predatory
animals. Predators can suffer for days or weeks because trappers are not
required to check their traps in a "timely" manner -- the law says that
traps must be checked "on a regular basis" but does not define what "on a
regular basis" means. Thus certain types of animals suffer longer in traps
than others. And having different trap check time requirements for
different species creates an enforcement nightmare.
More than half of all states require that traps be checked at least once
every 24 hours (or "daily"). Studies show that injuries and trauma of
trapped animals are directly correlated to the time animals are left in
traps. Along with trauma and injuries caused by snares and other primitive
devices, trapped animals suffer from predation by other animals, inclement
weather, dehydration, and starvation. If a lactating female is trapped, the
orphaned young also become victims of such cruelty.
A number of proposals have been presented to the FWC. One proposal would
continue to allow coyotes and other predators to suffer in killing traps or
snares interminably with no required trap check time. Another would allow
predators to suffer for up to 14 days in kill traps and snares. While the
FWC will be voting only on whether to change the trap check time
requirement for predators, it is important that concerned citizens express
their desire to see trap check time requirement changed to 24 hours for all
species and all trap types. Trapping proponents are lobbying hard for
minimal (or no) trap check time requirements, arguing that it will mean
economic hardship for them to have to check their traps on a regular basis.
Please speak out against these unconscionable proposals. The FWC needs to
hear from all Oregon residents by February 6 -- not just trappers and other
pro-consumptive wildlife users.
What You Can Do
1. Please immediately contact the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and
ask it to implement a 24-hour trap check requirement for all animals and
all types of traps. Comments are due by February 6.
Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission
Attention: Liz Bueffel
3406 Cherry Avenue NE
Salem, OR 97303
Liz.A.Bueffel at state.or.us
2. Please also immediately contact Governor Kulongoski and ask him to use
his power to call for a 24-hour trap check time for all animals and all
types of traps.
c/o Jim Myron
Public Service Building, Suite 126
255 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jim.myron at state.or.us
3.Attend the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission Meeting on February 6, 2004.
Please show your support for the animals by attending and testifying at the
hearing where the Commission will vote on this issue. The trappers have
attended every meeting in full force -- making a big impression on the
Commission. We must make sure the Commission hears from all of the
constituents it is supposed to represent, especially those who are a humane
voice for Oregon's wildlife.
The meeting will be held on February 6, 2004, 8:00am at
Portland Expo Center
2060 North Marine Drive
Visit www.dfw.state.or.us/ for directions and updates on time and meeting
room, or call 503-947-6301.
Information for Talking Points and Letters:
· It is archaic and unconscionable for Oregon to seriously consider
anything less than a 24-hour trap check time for all animals and all trap
types when more than half of all other states already have a 24-hour or
daily trap check requirement. To be ethically consistent and to avoid
unnecessary and unintentional maiming and killing of both target and
non-target animals, a 24-hour trap check time requirement should be
implemented for all legally trapped animals in Oregon, regardless of trap
type used, purpose for trapping (whether for recreation or damage control),
and species targeted.
· Having different trap check times for different animals and
different trap types makes no sense, ethically or practically. A consistent
trap-check requirement for both furbearers and predators would allow law
enforcement to work more efficiently and effectively.
· Studies show that the longer animals are left to struggle in traps,
the more likely they will incur injuries and trap related trauma including
hemorrhaging, fractured bones, broken jaws and teeth, and dislocated (or
severed) joints and ligaments. Minimizing the time spent in traps will
minimize the suffering and extent of injury sustained by trap victims.
· Implementing a 24-hour trap check time will allow non-target
animals, including endangered species and domestic dogs and cats, to have a
better chance at being released alive, with fewer injuries.
For more information, please contact Camilla Fox at chfox at earthlink.net or
Posted 01/06/04 - Okay to Forward/Crosspost
Animal Protection Institute
PO Box 22505
Sacramento, CA 95822
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