New laws protect animals



On Jan. 1, several new laws went into effect in California focusing on the protection of animals and habitat.

California has now become the first state to ban trapping of animals for the sale of fur. AB 273 provides that it is unlawful for any person to trap for the purposes of recreation or commerce in fur any fur-bearing mammal or non-game mammal with any “body-gripping trap.”

The prohibition against “body-gripping traps” includes steel-jawed leghold traps, padded-jaw leghold traps,...

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