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September 13, 2010

The HSUS Applauds Pa. House for Cracking Down on Poaching

The HSUS urges governor to sign measure

The Humane Society of the United States praised members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for passing an important bill that cracks down on poachers who attempt to hunt in Pennsylvania when their licenses have been suspended in other states. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 178 to 15 and previously passed the Senate in March.

S.B. 1200 — introduced by Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York — allows Pennsylvania to join the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, a nationwide law enforcement network that aims to prevent wildlife criminals who have lost their hunting privileges in one member state from hunting in another. Pennsylvania will join 35 other states in the Compact, including neighboring New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.

“Poaching is a rampant problem in Pennsylvania, and joining the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact will help prevent poachers from coming here to evade their home state’s punishment,” said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States urges Governor Rendell to sign this broadly supported bill into law.”

“Safety is the most important issue for our Commonwealth’s sportsmen, and Senate Bill 1200 will help us to ensure that violators from other states will not be able to endanger others,” Sen. Alloway said. “This legislation is vital for the state to properly manage our wildlife and aquatic resources, and I am thrilled that this legislation passed the Senate and is on the way to the Governor’s desk.” 

Last week, another HSUS-supported anti-poaching bill, H.B. 1859, went into effect in Pennsylvania. The measure increases the penalties for a variety of poaching crimes and introduces felony level penalties for repeat poaching and “thrill-killing.”

Facts:

  • Since 2008, The HSUS has offered more than $250,000 in reward funds for information leading to the arrest and conviction of criminals responsible for poaching.
  • Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 to 5 percent of poached animals are ever recovered by law enforcement. Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways.
  • Poachers exploit animals for personal gain or thrill, knowing they will most likely not be caught. With each conservation officer covering vast areas, strong penalties and collaboration with other states are essential components of any law enforcement effort.

For more information on poaching, please visit: humanesociety.org/poaching.

 

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