Bill to toughen trap­ping penal­ties passes Pa. House

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS -

The Penn­syl­va­nia House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is giv­ing its unan­i­mous ap­proval to tough­en­ing penal­ties for us­ing body-grip­ping an­i­mal traps out­side of the wa­ter­ways for which they’re de­signed. Law­mak­ers voted Thurs­day to send the bill to the state Sen­ate for its con­sid­er­a­tion.

Back­ers ar­gue the larger penal­ties may help de­ter peo­ple from plac­ing the traps where they shouldn’t be, and there­fore re­duce the num­ber of pets and other do­mes­tic an­i­mals get­ting hurt or killed. It’s al­ready il­le­gal to put the traps out­side of wa­ter­ways, marshes, ponds and dams.

Fines would be in­creased from their cur­rent level of a few hun­dred dol­lars to

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