Legislation to Stop Inhumane Trapping Practices and Protect Consumers Passes Assembly Committee

June 26, 2012

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro) to provide consumer protection for wildlife trapping and prohibit the most inhumane trapping practices today passed the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.
Senate Bill 1480 directs the state Department of Fish and Game to maintain a list of licensed trappers on its website, requires trappers to provide a written contract to consumers and outlaws the most heinous and cruel methods of animal killing. 

“This legislation provides appropriate guidelines for trapping, and it helps consumers find licensed and experienced trappers,” Corbett said. “It’s time to put a stop to the inhumane practices used by some wildlife trappers.”
SB 1480 follows up on a 2003 law requiring anyone offering wildlife trapping services to the public for profit to obtain a license from the state Department of Fish and Game. The department, however, has not had sufficient resources to police trappers and has not issued any regulations that would serve as guidelines for trappers who offer their services to the public.

The legislation is co-sponsored by Born Free USA and the San Francisco Wildlife Center. Supporters include the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Protection and Rescue League, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitation, Sacramento SPCA and SPCA Los Angeles.

The bill, which has already passed the Senate, goes next to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Contact: Andrew LaMar, (916) 651-4010