May 14, 2015
Use of Chocolate Banned for Baiting Bears
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted to ban the use of chocolate and chocolate derivatives in bear bait starting in 2016. Last year, it was documented that theobromine, a derivative from chocolate, killed four bears over bait in New Hampshire.
The Humane Society of the United States New Hampshire State Director Lindsay Hamrick issued the following response: “Baiting is cruel and unsporting, and the use of these toxicants causes an even more inhumane death to a host of animals, including dogs, non-target wildlife and just this year, two cubs and two female bears in New Hampshire. We applaud the Commission for taking this proactive approach to ban chocolate from bear bait.”
Studies show chocolate and caffeine are toxic to a variety of animals, including bears, foxes, coyotes, domestic dogs, rabbits, hares, rodents and birds. Death by chocolate or caffeine lasts several hours and causes vomiting, trembling, salivation and seizures.
The rule needs final approval by the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules.
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