Legislation aimed at repealing New York’s decades-long ban on cruel snare traps, including the “relaxing” lock, neck snare, has died in the state legislature. S.2953c/A.9462a would have allowed snaring of coyotes and other wildlife in all but five counties in the state. Brian Shapiro, New York State director for the Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:
"We are pleased that the prohibition of dangerous snare traps remains in place. Snares are inhumane and ineffective for controlling wildlife populations. The HSUS applauds the New York State Legislature for refusing to roll back the clock with this ill-conceived legislation and we will continue to oppose any efforts to repeal the snare ban to protect wildlife and pets from these archaic devices."
“Relaxing” lock, neck snares cannot be operated humanely. An animal captured in the device—made of thin strands of twisted aircraft cable—desperately lunges in a futile attempt to escape, often leading to lacerations, hemorrhaging and repeated loss of consciousness. Trappers are required to check their snares once every 24 to 48 hours, leaving snared animals to suffer for hours or even days before succumbing to exposure, thirst, hunger or predation. Under New York law, trappers may use any method to kill snared animals -including bludgeoning, suffocation and drowning.
Snare traps are inherently indiscriminate, catching any animal of the right height who passes through them—including pets, endangered species, deer and raptors like eagles and owls. Snaring is not an effective method for controlling wildlife populations or for reducing conflicts with coyotes. In fact, using snare traps to kill coyotes can stimulate increases in their populations and may lead to an increase in human-coyote conflicts as stable family units are disrupted.
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