May 21, 2015
Illinois Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Bobcat Hunt
The Illinois Senate passed legislation allowing, for the first time in decades, a hunting and trapping season for bobcats. Because the bill was amended on the Senate floor, it will go back to the House for concurrence. Anne Sterling, Midwestern regional director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:
“Ignoring both sound science and the wishes of their constituents, the Illinois Senate made a serious mistake in passing a bill to legalize recreational hunting and trapping of Illinois’ fragile bobcat population. We strongly urge the House to vote “no” on this misguided bill when it comes before them again. Illinoisans cherish their wildlife, and don’t want to see bobcats being subjected to immensely cruel and awful practices, including painful steel-jawed leghold traps and hounding.”
In 2015, then-Gov. Quinn vetoed similar legislation.
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