Oppose Cruel Trapping of Beavers in New Jersey
Dear New Jersey Humanitarian,
The New Jersey Assembly is considering a bill (A2410) that threatens beavers and other wildlife by removing a limit on the issuance of beaver trapping permits. At present, the Division of Fish and Wildlife may issue 200 permits annually, and each permit allows for the killing of five beavers. This means that, under existing law, up to 1,000 beavers may be trapped and killed every year in New Jersey. Yet state legislators have, with little explanation or justification, proposed to allow an unlimited number of beavers to be killed.
This bill, if enacted, will cause increased suffering among New Jersey's wildlife, as the methods commonly used to kill beavers in the state are extremely inhumane. Conibear body-crushing traps and drowning sets with snares cause excruciating pain and protracted death. These non-selective traps also threaten non-target wildlife species and are used despite the availability of effective, humane beaver management tools. AWI has long supported the use of these alternatives, and helped fund the production of the DVD The Best Beaver Management Practices and its distribution to wildlife managers who wish to control beavers successfully and without cruelty.
What You Can Do:
A bill removing restrictions on the issuance of beaver trapping permits passed the Assembly last year, but was stopped in the Senate thanks to your calls and emails. Please help us prevent this harmful and unnecessary legislation from passing the Assembly this time around by contacting your Assembly member and encouraging him or her to oppose A2410.
Please be sure to share our “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to contact their state senators as well.
As always, thank you very much for your help!