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New York Town Concocts Plan to Ban Trapping- (12/01/06)

A New York town may soon ban trapping on its land.

The East Hampton, Long Island Town Board is debating the prohibition of body-gripping traps. The council’s original consideration was to establish a ban on all body-gripping traps on town-owned land. It is now eyeing the possibility of prohibiting only large model traps.

“Sportsmen should not be appeased by concessions that might be made for smaller traps,” said U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance President Bud Pidgeon. “That is how anti-hunters get their foot in the door. They claim to be satisfied that one aspect of trapping or hunting is banned, only to push for complete elimination in a future campaign.”

Council members have voiced their support for the trapping ban.

Town Councilwoman Pat Mansir’s demonstrated her anti-trapping bias when she spoke out “on behalf of the muskrats” and told the council that “they don’t want to be trapped.” She expressed her opposition to foot hold traps as well.

Town Supervisor Bill McGintee is for “a total ban on those larger traps” and hopes the town board and trustees agree to the ban.

The concept of allowing local control of trapping is not unique to East Hampton. State legislation introduced by Assemblyman Alexander Grannis, D-New York, would strip the state of its authority to regulate trapping by allowing county governments to regulate the activity. Assembly Bill 1835 was approved by the Assembly and is now in the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

Take Action! Sportsmen in East Hampton should contact the East Hampton Town Board (listed below) to oppose the trapping ban. Other New York sportsmen can use the USSA’s Legislative Action Center to send a message to state senators opposing AB 1835 and the local regulation of trapping.

Town of East Hampton
159 Pantigo Road
East Hampton, NY 11937
Phone: (631) 324-4140

William McGintee, Town Supervisor
Debra Brodie Foster
Pete Hammerle
Brad Loewen
Pat Mansir

Molon Labe.

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