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Action Alert

Vermont: Protect Wild Animals and Ban Trapping

This action is for Vermont residents only.

Every year, raccoons, coyotes, minks, and other furbearing animals are maimed or killed by traps. Trapped animals frequently suffer slow, painful deaths; some animals even chew off their own limbs in a desperate attempt to free themselves. An Act Relating to Trapping and Hunting (H. 172) would significantly limit trapping in the state. The bill also bans the use of dogs in hunting black bears, a cruel practice known as “bear hounding.”

Trapped animals endure extreme cruelty, often suffering from dehydration, starvation, and broken bones, and left vulnerable to attack by other animals. Wild animals who survive until the trapper returns are commonly bludgeoned or choked to death. In “bear hounding,” mother bears can be separated from their young. During summer months, exhausted from being chased, some bears become severely dehydrated or even die. Dogs who corner bears are also in danger of being mauled or killed.

H.172 specifically prohibits trapping except when conducted by a trained and licensed “nuisance” wildlife control officer or by a homeowner or tenant if the animal is found in the act of destroying property or attacking a companion animal or farmed animal. It also establishes a “nuisance” wildlife trapping license, as well as training course.

Please urge your state representative to support H.172 and ask their colleagues on the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife to support the bill as well.

  1. Call your legislator. Phone calls have much more impact than emails. If you’re able to make a phone call, please do so. You can use this message: “I’m calling to ask my legislator to protect our wildlife by supporting An Act Relating to Trapping and Hunting (H. 172) and asking their colleagues on the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife to support the bill as well.”
  1. After calling, please send a follow-up email using the form below. Personalizing your message will help it stand out.
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