New Jersey: Oppose Cruel Trapping of Beavers

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Oppose Cruel Trapping of Beavers in New Jersey - Photo by Lindsey KrauseDear Humanitarian in New Jersey,

The New Jersey Senate is considering a bill (S2492) that threatens beavers and other wildlife by removing a limit on the issuance of beaver trapping permits. At present, the Division of Fish and Wildlife may issue 200 permits annually, and each permit allows for the killing of eight beavers. Consequently, under existing law, up to 1,600 beavers may be trapped and killed every year in New Jersey. Yet state legislators, with little explanation, propose to allow for even more killing.

Unfortunately, last week the New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee narrowly voted (3-2) to advance this harmful and unnecessary bill that would completely eliminate the state's current annual cap on the number of beaver trapping licenses. Sens. Christopher (Kip) Bateman (R-16) and Linda Greenstein (D-14) were the two committee members who voted to stop this destructive bill from moving forward.

This bill, if enacted, will cause increased suffering among New Jersey's wildlife, as the methods commonly used to kill beavers in the state are extremely inhumane. Conibear body-crushing traps and drowning sets with snares cause excruciating pain and protracted death. These non-selective traps also threaten non-target wildlife species and are used despite the availability of effective, humane beaver management tools. AWI has long supported the use of non-lethal methods.

Oppose Cruel Trapping of Beavers in New Jersey

What You Can Do:
It is now up to the full Senate to stop this bill from passing. Please contact your state senator and encourage him or her to oppose S2492. Please also contact Sens. Bateman and Greenstein to thank them for their foresight and efforts to protect New Jersey wildlife.

You can send your email through AWI's Compassion Index by clicking here, where you will find language to include in your email.

Suggested talking points:

  • New Jersey's legislature should be working to eliminate cruel trapping practices rather than expanding their use.
  • The beaver is a keystone species that plays a critical role in ecosystem health, and removing this species can adversely affect many others. Beaver dams create valuable wetland habitat, improve water quality, and control erosion.
  • The traps used to kill beavers in New Jersey are inhumane and non-selective; beavers and other animals captured in these devices are crushed or drowned, and often experience prolonged suffering before death.
  • Humane, effective alternatives to trapping and killing are available for beaver management if and when conflicts arise.

Please be sure to share our "Dear Humanitarian" eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to contact their state senators as well.

As always, thank you very much for your help!


Cathy Liss

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