Applaud State for Protecting Bobcats

Target: The California Legislature.

Goal: Commend California lawmakers for approving a law that would protect bobcats from trapping.

The California Legislature approved a protection bill that will establish no-trapping zones.  Traps lure bobcats for to capture, and later the animal is stripped of its fur.  The pelt is then sold. Bobcat trapping has recently increased as the price of bobcats pelts in other countries has increased.  The California law would create a no-trapping zone around a National Park and prohibit trapping on private property without an owner’s permission.  The Bill now awaits the California Governor’s signature.

In 2009, a bobcat pelt was worth about $79.00. Today, it is worth about $700.00. Bobcat pelt are particularly popular in other countries, such as Russia and Greece. The 2011-2012 California hunting season saw a 51% increase in bobcat trapping from the previous year. The proposed legislation is supported by several environmental conservation organizations.

Further, according to the L.A. Times, Richard Bloom (a Democrat from Santa Monica) introduced the bill after public outcry when the public discovered that bobcat trapping occurred around Joshua Tree National Park and on private property.

If signed, the bill would create a no-trapping zone around the National Park, beginning in January 2014.

A major problem with trapping is that it is indiscriminate.  Traps imprison domesticated dogs and other unintended targets, regardless of the intent of the trapper.

By signing the petition below, you applaud California lawmakers for protecting bobcats from trapping. This encouragement will bring publicity to and encourage similar lawmaking efforts.

PETITION LETTER

Dear California Lawmakers:

California has seen an increase in bobcat trapping since the price of bobcat pelts has increased.  Recently, the California Legislature approved a protection bill that will establish no-trapping zones beginning in January 2014. These traps lure bobcats for capture that are later stripped of their fur.  The pelts are then sold.

The California law would create a no-trapping zone around Joshua Tree National Park and prohibit trapping on private property without an owner’s permission.  The Bill now awaits the California Governor’s signature.

We applaud California lawmakers for protecting bobcats from trapping. This encouragement will hopefully cause publicity and encourage similar lawmaking efforts.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Jackie Canaday says:

    I wish Missouri would stop the killing of Bobcats and their babies too

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