14 March 2011

Laws in New York and Massachusetts to hurt animals

The New York and Massachusetts state legislatures are currently considering measures that would be devastating to animals.

Last week the New York State Senate passed a law that lowers the age requirement for bow hunting from 14 to 12. Proponents of the bill say it will stimulate local economies by attracting more visitors who wish to engage in outdoor activities such as hunting and archery.

In Defense of Animals is opposing the bill, well, because hunting is bad, but also because the likelihood of accidents and missed shots increase with immature hunters and can cause an increased number of maimed deer that can run onto roads causing accidents, or suffer slow, agonizing deaths.

The bill is headed to the State Assembly for a floor vote. All New York state residents are urged to contact Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, or go to the In Defense of Animals action center to fill out an e-mail to send it to Silver.

In Massachusetts the state legislature is considering repealing the 15 year-old prohibition on using leghold traps to capture beavers and other animals.

Supporters of the bill say that the beaver population has exploded since banning the traps, and beaver dams are causing flooding and other environmental damage.

Animal rights groups contend that the body gripping traps are cruel and cause immense suffering and slow, painful deaths to animals caught in their steel jaws. The barbaric devices can also trap and harm other “non-target” wild animals, as well as pets, livestock and even humans.

More than 80 countries have banned the leghold traps

Massachusetts residents are urged to contact their local representatives.

Robin Lawless | @robmlaw | email
Robin lives in New York City where she loves to check out all the vegan eateries. When she's not writing for TDIV, Robin enjoys taking dance lessons, reading, practicing yoga, hanging out with her cat Maggie, baking vegan treats, and volunteering at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Feel free to add Robin as a friend on Facebook.

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