Utah Rejects Cruel Plan to Loosen Trap-Check Laws

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Utah Rejects Cruel Plan to Loosen Trap-Check Laws

From BornFree USA
January 2011

In December 2010, Utah's wildlife board last month rejected a proposal to let coyote traps be checked only once a week, as opposed to the current law of once every two days.

Due in part to the actions taken by our Action Alert members in Utah, the Beehive State’s wildlife board last month rejected a proposal to let coyote traps be checked only once a week, as opposed to the current law of once every two days. We asked our team members to write to the board in protest of the cruel plan, and our efforts paid off!

The board received an overwhelming response from animal advocates condemning the proposal as unethical and inhumane. Animals caught in traps for several days may starve, dehydrate, be attacked by other animals, or mangle their mouths and limbs in futile efforts to free themselves.

Any animal, including non-targeted ones such as pets and endangered species, would have little chance of surviving seven days — or if they did, most would be beyond rehabilitating.