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2011 State Legislation:


Washington: HB 1137 Weakens Prohibitions on Use of Body-Gripping Traps

Born Free USA position: OPPOSE

Bill description: House Bill 1137 would greatly undermine 2000’s Ballot Initiative 713, which banned the use of body-gripping traps for recreation and commerce in fur.

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Hawaii: SB 96 Would Prohibit Body-Crushing Traps, Including Snares [2011]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (late March 2011): This bill is no longer active because the assigned committee deferred the measure.

Bill description: SB 96 would prohibit body-crushing traps, defined as including steel-jawed leg-hold traps, padded jaw leg-hold traps, Conibear traps and snares.

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Hawaii: SB 733/HB 579 Prohibit Body-Crushing Traps & Regulate Other Traps [2011]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update: This bill is no longer active because it did not meet the cross-over date.

Bill description: It would prohibit body-crushing traps and regulate the use of snares and foot/leg-hold traps. The bill would also prohibit the use of snares in residential and non-hunting areas, and would establish penalties for violations.

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Indiana: HB 1299 Would Legalize Captive Trophy Hunting [2011]

Born Free USA position: OPPOSE

Update: The bill died after failing to pass the committee by the Feb. 21, 2011, deadline.

Bill description: House Bill 1299 would allow licensed hunting facilities to harvest and hunt game mammals, elk and furbearing mammals for sporting purposes until July 1, 2018.

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Indiana: HB 1135 Would Ban Fox and Coyote Penning [2011]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update: The bill died after failing to pass the committee by the Feb. 21, 2011, deadline.

Bill description: House Bill 1135 would amend Indiana’s Natural and Cultural Resources Code to prohibit any person who owns land from engaging in fox or coyote penning. The bill exempts designated federal land and wildlife hunting and trapping areas.

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Maine: LD11 Would Regulate Wolf Hybrids [2011]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update: This bill failed to be signed into law.

Bill description: LD 11 is a strong first step toward addressing the multitude of problems associated with keeping wildlife in captivity. Recognizing that possessing a wolf hybrid poses public safety concerns, the bill changes the registration requirement for a wolf hybrid kennel to a licensing requirement. It also directs the state Department of Agriculture to consult with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on potential threats to wildlife and public safety prior to issuing a wolf hybrid license.

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