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July 1, 2013

Conservation Coalition Applauds Delaware for Cracking Down on Poaching

Delaware passes legislation required to join Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

Delaware Nature Society, Delaware Wild Lands

The Delaware House unanimously passed Senate Bill 117, allowing the state to become a member of the national law enforcement network known as the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. The Compact prevents those who have lost their hunting, trapping or fishing privileges due to illegal wildlife activities, such as poaching, in member states from coming to Delaware to carry out those same activities. SB 117, sponsored by Sen. David McBride, D-Hawk’s Nest, and Rep. Trey Paradee, D-Cheswold, prevents Delaware violators from evading their license revocations by hunting, fishing and trapping in other member states.

Brenna Goggin, environmental advocate for the Delaware Nature Society said: “Senate Bill 117 represents the perfect example of how collaboration amongst non-profits and state agencies benefits wildlife and our environment. The Delaware Nature Society applauds the work of the 147th General Assembly to protect our natural resources for enjoyment by citizens that participate in wildlife related activities.”

Hetti Brown, Delaware state director for The Humane Society of the United States said: “No state deserves to be a safe haven for wildlife criminals and we applaud Senator McBride for championing this legislation that will further empower Delaware’s fish and wildlife enforcement agents to protect our state’s wildlife. The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is an incredibly valuable resource for cracking down on poaching and we’re urging Governor Markell to sign this bill into law.”

Kate Hackett, executive director for Delaware Wild Lands said, “Delaware’s participation in the Compact represents a win for conservation. The number and diversity of organizations speaking decisively with one voice on this issue demonstrates the importance of working together to promote better stewardship of our wildlife. As a leader in conservation in Delaware for more than 50 years, Delaware Wild Lands thanks Senator McBride and Representative Pardee for advancing this issue.”

Colorado, Nevada and Oregon were the first states to form the compact in 1989. Since then, 39 states have become members of the Compact and five more, including Delaware have passed the legislation required to join. Legislation is currently pending in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. 

In total, 12 organizations from the environmental conservation, sportsmen, and animal protection communities came together in support of SB 117. The bill also had support from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. 

Media Contacts:

The HSUS: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

Delaware Nature Society: Brenna Goggin: 410-251-1211; brenna@delawarenaturesocieity.org

Delaware Wild Lands: Kate Hackett: 302-378-2736; khackett@dewildlands.org

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