Save California’s Bobcats from Trapping

Target: California State Senate

Goal: Protect California’s bobcats from trapping

It is currently legal for trappers to kill an infinite number of bobcats in California.  It is even legal to trap animals along national park borders and other protected areas. Last year Joshua Tree National Park experienced considerable commercial trapping “just beyond its borders.” Commercial trapping has increased eight-fold over the past two years in the region where the park is located. Trapping is inhumane and also harms the ecosystems in place in some of California’s most beautiful and ecologically essential wild places.

There is hope, however, as California’s bobcats may soon gain protections from the government. Assembly Bill 1213 (the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013) passed a vote in the California Assembly earlier this year, but now it must move through the state Senate in order to become a law.

The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 would limit the commercial trapping of the bobcats of California. The bill would immediately prohibit bobcat trapping in the area surrounding Joshua Tree National Park and allows the California Fish and Game Commission to further protect the bobcats, namely making bobcat trapping around all parks and refuges an illegal activity. We demand that you vote in favor of the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear California State Senate,

Currently, it is legal for trappers to kill as many bobcats as they wish to in California. After killing the animals, the trappers then sell their furs in places such as China and Russia. It is even legal (and normal) to trap animals along the borders of national parks and other protected areas. Commercial trapping has increased eight-fold over the past two years in the region where Joshua Tree National Park is located. Trapping is cruel and harms the ecosystems of some of California’s most beautiful and ecologically essential wild places.

Fortunately, California’s bobcats may gain protections from the government. Assembly Bill 1213, also known as the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013, passed a vote in the California Assembly earlier this year, but now it must move through the state’s Senate in order to become a law this year.

The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 limits the commercial trapping of the bobcats of California. The bill immediately prohibits the trapping of bobcats in the area surrounding Joshua Tree National Park and lays framework that would allow the California Fish and Game Commission to further protect the bobcats, namely making bobcat trapping around all parks and refuges an illegal activity. We must demand that the state senators vote yes on the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Valerie via flickr

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  1. Sheila Dillon GGma Sheila says:

    In this day and age it is archaic to still hunt with inhumane traps. It’s time to save animals, not cruelly kill the.

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