July 3, 2013
New Hampshire Takes Important Step to Crack Down on Wildlife Poaching
State passes legislation required to join Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact
Gov. Maggie Hassan signed legislation that allows New Hampshire to become a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. The national law enforcement network prevents wildlife violators who have lost their hunting, trapping or fishing privileges due to illegal wildlife crimes, such as poaching, in member states from circumventing those license revocations in New Hampshire. It also prevents New Hampshire violators from evading their license revocations by hunting, fishing and trapping in other member states.
Joanne Bourbeau, Northeast regional director for The Humane Society of the United States said: “The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is a valuable resource for cracking down on poaching and will help New Hampshire’s conservation officers protect our wildlife. We’re so grateful to Senator Woodburn for sponsoring this bill and to the entire New Hampshire legislature and Governor Hassan for supporting this much needed legislation.”
Colorado, Oregon and Nevada were the first states to form the compact in 1989. Since then, 39 states have become members of the compact and five more, including New Hampshire, have passed legislation to join it. Bills are pending in Massachusetts, and measures in Rhode Island and Delaware are awaiting the governors’ signature.
- The HSUS in conjunction with the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust has offered more than $450,000 in reward funds for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for poaching over the past five years.
- Every year, thousands are charged with poaching nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 to 5 percent of poached animals are ever recovered by law enforcement.
- Poachers exploit animals for personal gain or thrill, knowing they will most likely not be caught. With each conservation officer responsible for covering vast areas, deterring poaching crimes before they happen is critical. Strong penalties and collaboration with other states are essential components of any law enforcement effort.
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