As outlined by the Auburn Journal, Steve Koltvet has admitted to unlawfully drowning "at least" 18 skunks in 2014 alone. In August of 2013 Assemblymember Das Williams was successful in passing AB 789 which amended California Fish and Game's Section 4004 part G to make it unlawful to drown trapped mammals (among other inhumane methods of causing death).
Mr. Koltvelt's blatant disregard for the humane treatment of wildlife and the law cannot go un-cited.
On February 4th, 2014, the Auburn Journal made Mr. Koltvet's disgusting "hobby" into front page news-- glorifying his actions with the article title of, "
4004. It is unlawful to do any of the following:
(g) Kill any trapped mammal in accordance with this section by intentional drowning, injection with any chemical not sold for the purpose of euthanizing animals, or thoracic compression, commonly known as chest crushing.
MORE INFORMATION ON DAS WILLIAMS' AB 789: 8/26/2013 - Gov. Brown Signs Williams' Anti-Animal Cruelty Bill
SACRAMENTO — California Assemblyman Das Williams' bill to protect wildlife from a cruel and inhumane death is now law.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 789 today, a bill that will put an end to many of the cruel practices used by the nuisance wildlife trapping industry.
"We must take great care with all of our animals," said Assemblyman Das Williams. "Even so-called 'nuisance wildlife' deserves to be treated humanely. It is time we hold trappers to a higher standard and demand that they end their severely cruel killing practices."
Private nuisance wildlife control operators (NWCOs) provide trapping services to consumers for a fee under the auspices of damage control. Some of these operators employ particularly egregious tactics that result in the needless suffering and death of thousands of animals each year.
The bill includes important provisions aimed at protecting domestic pets from being inadvertently killed in Conibear kill traps and outlaws the most heinous methods of animal killing, such as drowning, chest crushing, and injection with toxic chemicals such as nail polish remover.
"We share this planet with wildlife," Williams said. "Animals cannot speak for themselves so we must speak for them and stop their torturous, slow and painful deaths."
Mr. Koltvelt's blatant disregard for the humane treatment of wildlife and the law must be prosecuted.
California Fish and Wildlife code was amended legally, democratically, and by a vote --the law should be enforced so that no one else follows his horrible example. If we let this man go, then who else will follow with the same "ignorance of the law" defense?