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California SB 1480: 'The Consumer and Wildlife Protection Act'

Published 05/24/12

California Senate Bill 1480 (“The Consumer and Wildlife Protection Act”)is as of this writing (May 2012) working its way through the Legislature on its way, we hope, to becoming law.

Introduced by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) and co-authored by Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland), Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Long Beach) and Assemblyman Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), SB 1480 will protect wildlife from unnecessary death and cruelty, reduce costs incurred by animal control and wildlife rehabilitation centers, decrease the chances of family dogs and cats being inadvertently killed in traps, and protect homeowners who are often mislead by scofflaw wildlife trappers.

Among other protection measures SB1480 will:

  • Require trappers to provide a written contract to consumers that include a summary of the laws related to dealing with wildlife.
  • Require trappers to take steps to avoid orphaning dependant young and leaving them to die.
  • Prohibit the most heinous methods of killing wildlife: drowning, chest-crushing and injection with chemical solvents, such as nail polish remover.
  • Require that special precautions be taken when dealing with bats. In California,10 of our 24 bat species are classified as "Species of Special Concern," meaning urgent protection is needed to prevent them from becoming threatened or endangered species.
  • Place additional restriction on the use of kill-type traps to reduce the chances of family pets being inadvertently killed.

fffashion L.A. 2011: The Principles

Published 09/28/11

Pretty Birdie by Stephanie Teague* — www.stephanieteague.etsy.com

Pretty Birdie is a hand-made, eco friendly clothing line founded in 2008, and based in Greesnboro, NC. The company's founder and head designer, Stephanie Teague, has been in the world of fashion for more than 15 years, beginning as a model. She worked in many major markets across the United States and Europe, and gained incredible insight into the world of design and fashion. She is completely self-taught as a designer. Stephanie began Pretty Birdie with one main objective - to provide buyers with eco-friendly clothing and accessories that were fashionable, yet comfortable.

* First-place winner, fur free fashion competition.

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Speak Up for New Mexico's Wildlife on Sept. 14, 2011

Published 08/29/11

As you know, Born Free USA recently conducted an undercover trapping investigation documenting the cruelty of fur trapping in the United States – including New Mexico.

Following this investigation, we asked our dedicated supporters to call on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to take immediate steps to protect your state’s wildlife from the barbaric cruelty uncovered by our investigation, and you did.

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When You Least Expect It SNAP! Traps Maim and Kill like LANDMINES

From Animal Issues, Volume 40 Number 1, Spring 2009

Published 03/16/09
By Barbara Schmitz, Senior Program Associate

Excruciating pain. Lost limbs. Even death. These are the results of trapping ... not only for the wild animals whose furs are stripped from their bodies, but also for family dogs and cats and even endangered species who are “incidentally” caught in the remorseless jaws of leghold traps, Conibear traps, or snares (cable nooses).

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The Commercial Wildlife Trade: An American Disgrace

Published 09/30/08
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate & Gil Lamont, Editor/Content Developer
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 39 Number 3, Fall 2008

Captured by the thousands from exotic locations, few wild birds survive the long journey to distant pet markets. Primates, rare reptiles, and other species are traded as “pets” to people who don’t understand these animals’ specialized needs. Bears are slaughtered for their gallbladders and paws. Elephants are murdered for their ivory, and young elephants are forcibly torn from their families to be shipped to far-off zoos. Fox, ermine, mink, and other furbearers are ensnared in barbaric traps to provide fur for fashion.

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Learning to Coexist with Coyotes

Published 12/31/06
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 37 Number 4, Winter 2006

API wants to reduce human-coyote conflicts and the number of coyotes killed as a result.

Our Coexisting with Coyotes program helps communities develop ways for individuals, neighborhoods, local agencies, and public officials to work together in developing and implementing long-term coexistence plans. We emphasize the role people play in causing conflicts with coyotes (and other urban wild animals), and how they can reduce those conflicts.

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Standardizing Cruelty: The International Trapping Debate

Published 03/31/06
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 37 Number 1, Spring 2006

On November 17, 2005, to the delight of animal advocates, the European Parliament rejected a proposed European Union (EU) Trapping Directive.

The Directive — which was opposed by groups such as the Fur Free Alliance, of which API is a member — would have codified into EU law standards for testing animal traps.

If accepted, the Directive would have done animals more harm than good by sanctioning standards that lack scientific merit and by legitimizing and entrenching the use of leghold and other cruel, body-gripping traps.

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Biting Back: New Tools for Targeting Cruel Traps

Published 09/15/05
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 36 Number 3, Fall 2005

On a cold winter day in Belleville, Wisconsin, Peter Westenberger decided to take his long-haired Jack Russell terrier, Olie, for a walk. Little did Westenberger know what horrors lay in store.

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