In California, standing up for coexistence, not war with all animals
I’m happy to report that California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 789, a historic anti-trapping cruelty bill, into law on August 27!
Assembly Bill 798 imposes new size restrictions on one of the cruelest traps around, the Conibear, and makes it illegal for private nuisance wildlife control operators (NWCOs) to use drowning, chest crushing, and the injection of chemical solvents like nail polish remover—horrific methods used for years to kill animals, despite the unquestionable brutality involved.
The passage of this bill by our most populous state marks a great step forward in the effort to ban cruel trapping practices. It’s not perfect-- AB 798 allows Conibears up to 6 inches by 6 inches on land and places no restriction on the size of these traps when they’re set in water—but this reform needs to be celebrated and implemented across the country.
For any animal caught in a trap, death is typically far from instantaneous. Instead, these animals languish for days and suffer from severe physical injury, self-mutilation, hypothermia, and predation. Traps are also notorious for posing serious hazards to non-target wildlife, including threatened and endangered species and companion animals.
We all need to stand up for coexistence—not war—with all animals. IFAW hopes that California’s new law marks the beginning of more progressive change to come.