Support D.C. Proposal to Stop Cruel Wildlife Control
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Update 11/09/10: The Washington D.C. City Council unanimously voted to send the Wildlife Protection Act to the Mayor's desk. The new law is expected to go into effect sometime next year. The Washington Humane Society praised the bill, saying it will have benefits for people and wildlife alike: "Properly trained and licensed trappers will provide District residents with better customer service, our wildlife will not suffer unnecessary cruelty, and the legislation will protect family pets from being injured or killed in body-crushing traps that are currently permitted in the District."
Thanks for speaking out for wildlife!
Washington, D.C. City Council is considering a bill that would give urban wildlife some of the strongest protections in the country.
The Wildlife Protection Act, sponsored by Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, would prevent wildlife control and "pest management" companies and officials from:
- using lethal methods when there are non-lethal alternatives and no imminent public threat
- selling or trading wildlife or wildlife products
- indiscriminately trapping animals or setting traps in a way that will harm the animals
- using glue traps, legholds, snares or harpoon-type traps
- poisoning birds
While homeowners and property managers aren't included in the legislation, Cheh hopes this will send a strong message that people can co-exist with urban wildlife. "We want to take action but we don't have to be cruel," she says.
The proposal unanimously passed its first reading, but it needs to pass another vote and the National Pest Management Association doesn't want to see that happen. Let the D.C. City Council know that you support humane wildlife control.
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