Review - Saturday, April 5, 2014 @ 12:00 p.m. Las Vegas Trapping Regulation Committee Meeting
An impressive number of both new and familiar activists attended and gave eloquent testimony against animal suffering. Gratitude to everyone showing up and enduring a long, contentious meeting. Your presence made an impression; please keep coming back!
We thought this year's round of Trapping Regulation Committee (TRC) meetings was to consider areas for shorter trap visitation, as called for in SB213. However, the discussion roamed far afield of that topic.
Unless the TRC throws us a complete surprise, matters discussed April 5 will be considered and voted on by the entire Wildlife Commission. We are told that will be the June 20, 21 Tonopah meeting. We await official confirmation until we post the details.
Quick Review - April 5 TRC Meeting:
Review of Non-Target Data Associated with Trapping – For Possible Action - the TRC used this opportunity in an effort to discredit conclusions Dr. Molde drew from the Non-Target Trapping data . They concluded further study of the data is required.
Education Associated with Trapping Activities- The TRC, with trapper agreement, suggests a deal: that we trade shorter visitation time for whatever "trapper education" would be. This has nothing to do with SB213 and TrailSafe rejects any such trade-off. Commissioner Robb is now suggesting two calendar days instead of one, in a change from his previous position a few weeks ago.
Possible Recommendation to Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners Regarding Demerit Points Assessed for a Conviction(s) of Trapping on Private Property Without Permission - Avid trappers filibuster to prevent even the slightest tightening of existing regulations and demerits. Again, this measure is not a part of SB213.
Possible Recommendation to Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners Regarding Demerit Points Assessed for a Conviction(s) of Failure to Visit a Trap(s) Within Required Timeframes- Avid trappers, including some high-profile trappers with pending court cases against them, filibuster dramatically against the slightest effort to further regulate their activities. Again, this measure is not a part of SB213.
Finally, after eight hours spent discussing the items above, discussion was supposed to be about a map of Clark County areas to be earmarked for shorter visitation. TRC trapper representative, John Sullivan, argued every aspect of the map presented by Commissioner Layne. She reminded him the intent is shorter visitation, not a trapping ban. Nevertheless, everyone had to leave at 9:00 PM and no conclusion was reached.
Trapping Regulation Committee
All the meetings including Elko, March 7, 2014 and Reno, March 8, 2014 came to the same thing. The map produced by Commissioner Jack Robb is the only map that prevailed, or even got any consideration. The Committee voted to recommend some small areas around Reno/Sparks for one-calendar day visitation. The vast remainder of the state remains at 96-hour trap visitation.
This is tokenism - "window-dressing" - and will not relieve the outrageous animal suffering statewide. There will be another Las Vegas meeting April 5, then the Committee will make recommendations to the Wildlife Commission and probably the final vote will be in June.
A Big Thank You
Despite the disappointing results of the meeting, our deep gratitude to the amazing folks who came to the Reno meeting and testified for our cause. The testimony was well-spoken, well-informed, full of personal experiences, and fearless! We had at least 25 supporters which was outstanding. Many will go on to be activists in their communities. The participation of these people gives me ultimate hope for a more humane future for wildlife.
TrailSafe on Radio Program
Dr. Don Molde and I were guests on the Chip Evans show Monday Jan. 20 from noon - 12:30 talking about TrailSafe Nevada and trapping in Nevada.
We will be on the show again discussing recent Trapping Regulation Committee meeting. Watch this space for date and time.
The show broadcasts live on KRNG 101.3FM from the America Matters Studio at the Reno Town Mall. The program is also heard online nationwide (go to www.americamatters.us and hit the Listen Live button) and on smartphones using the TuneIn Radio app. During the show, there will be postings to the America Matters and Nevada Matters Facebook pages and to our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts about our discussion. Come to the Reno Town Mall or call in with your questions or comments to 775.827.8900 or 855.790.8255.
There is so much confusion about our law SB 213 these days. It's like rolling a boulder uphill all day long to sort it out. Incorrect information, unfortunately, finds its way into the media. A few facts for the record:
It was not the intent of SB213 to exempt private property owners from registering their traps. It was considered, but never written into the law. There are arguments on both sides, but the arguments against this exemption held the day.
The requirement to register traps has nothing to do with household mousetraps. LCB confirms that vermin are covered in other sections of the law and are NOT included in wildlife law.
The Legislative Commission delayed further consideration of the Regulation R-017-13 until 2015. Regulation 017-13 was written by Nevada Dept. of Wildlife with amendments by the Wildlife Commission. It was not written by TrailSafe.SB 213 is not a regulation. It is law. It remains.
Observation: Private property owners testify time and time again how plagued they are by rodents -"gophers" - a catchall term. They set dozens of mousetraps. Now they're afraid game wardens will raid their homes and nail them for unregistered mousetraps. Hint: coyotes will catch as many or more rodents.The property owners might consider co-existing with Nature's mousetrappers. Or. . .if the private property owner has exterminated all the local coyotes, why can't he/she adopt barn cats from Nevada Humane Society? Then they wouldn't need dozens of traps on their land. They would have rodent control beyond their wildest dreams.
New Video!! How to Open a Conibear(tm)-type trap!
New Incident Reports told to TrailSafe in person. Including a local hiker caught by his own leg in a snare trap in March in Griffith Canyon, a popular local hiking trail. So the claim humans don't get trapped is inaccurate no matter how trappers try to minimize. How many people trapped and injured are too many?
Judy Sturgis went to emergency room with hand injuries from trying to free her dog, Beowulf. The story:
Gary Park also had a trip to the ER and stiches. He still has numbness in his hand. The story: