June 29, 2015
Assembly Committee: No Increase in Coyote Killing
New York’s longstanding ban on snare traps maintained
Legislation aimed at dismantling New York’s ban on a particularly cruel type of trap, known as a “relaxed” snare, has died in the state Assembly’s Environmental Committee. A.927a/S.2953a was intended to increase the killing of coyotes in certain parts of the state. Brian Shapiro, New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:
"The HSUS opposes efforts to legalize so called ‘live restraint’ traps. It’s a misnomer to promote these as being a ‘humane’ way of controlling wildlife populations. In reality, once trapped in such a device, an animal experiences great torment. We applaud the New York State Assembly for refusing to advance this ill-thought legislation. We will continue to oppose any efforts to repeal the snare ban in order to protect wildlife and pets from this cruel and inhumane practice.”
New York regulations allow for a lengthy coyote hunting season, running for nearly half the year. Research demonstrates that trapping may actually increase their populations, as the animals often produce more litters to compensate for population reductions and have larger litters when competition for food is reduced.
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