Bill to Restrict Use of Traps on Public Lands Introduced

September 9, 2016

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) this week introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives a bill entitled Limiting Inhumane Federal Trapping for Public Safety Act (H.R. 5954). The bill would restrict the use of body-gripping traps on public lands administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior, as well as prohibit personnel in both departments from setting these traps.

Targeted by this bill are the services performed by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Wildlife Services Agency. Three types of traps - conibear traps, snares and leghold traps - are covered in this bill.

The American Sheep Industry Association will be monitoring the progress of this bill and will oppose its passage.