Cal­i­for­nia first state to ban fur-trap­ping

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY AN­DREW SHEELER [email protected]­bune­ An­drew Sheeler: 805-781-7934, @an­drew­sheeler

Gov. Gavin New­som signed a bill into law Wednesday mak­ing Cal­i­for­nia the first state in the na­tion to ban fur trap­ping.

New­som’s de­ci­sion was hailed by Assem­bly­woman Lorena Gon­za­lez, D-San Diego, who au­thored the ban bill.

“Fur trap­ping is a cruel prac­tice that has no place in 21st cen­tury Cal­i­for­nia. The fact that the ma­jor­ity of Cal­i­for­nia tax­pay­ers over­whelm­ingly dis­ap­prove of this ar­chaic prac­tice and have been un­know­ingly sub­si­diz­ing it for years is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able,” Gon­za­lez said in pre­pared re­marks. “I’m de­lighted Gov­er­nor New­som agrees and has signed this bill into law.”

The law pro­hibits the recre­ational or com­mer­cial trap­ping of furs of an­i­mals such as gray foxes, coy­otes, bad­gers, beavers and mink.

In ad­di­tion, the law bans the pur­chase and sale of “prod­ucts or hand­i­craft items made from fur-bear­ing mam­mals and non-game mam­mals law­fully taken un­der the author­ity of a trap­ping li­cense.”

The law does not af­fect state-sanc­tioned trap­ping pro­grams, such as the plan to trap all nu­tria in the Cen­tral Val­ley.

The bill was co-spon­sored by So­cial Com­pas­sion in Leg­is­la­tion and the Cen­ter for Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity.

Last year, the state is­sued 133 trap­ping per­mits, which trap­pers used to cap­ture 995 muskrats, 105 gray foxes, dozens of skunks and other mam­mals, ac­cord­ing to the Nat­u­ral Re­sources Agency.

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