June 8, 2015
NH State Committee to Decide on Chocolate Ban in Bear Bait
Chocolate toxic to bears, other wildlife, dogs
A committee hearing scheduled for June 19 will decide on a ban of chocolate and chocolate derivatives in bear bait starting in 2016. The final decision is in the hands of the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules after the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted for a ban in May. Lindsay Hamrick, New Hampshire state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:
“Studies show chocolate and caffeine used in baiting are toxic to more than just bears, but also domestic dogs and non-target wildlife such as rabbits and birds. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission was right to vote to ban this cruel and unsporting activity, which prolongs the suffering and death of our native wildlife. We urge the JLCAR to ban chocolate from bear bait to keep our wildlife safe.”
The JLCAR as part of its hearing can decide to:
- Pass the chocolate bait ban
- Reject the ban
- Conditionally approve the ban and order the Fish and Game Department to come up with specific language or changes.
The public is welcome to attend JLCAR meetings or submit testimony in reference to rules on the agenda.
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