The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 was signed into law by California governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday. It prohibits commercial and recreational “trapping” on private or public lands making California the first state in the United States to end the practice and paving the way for many more to come!
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), who introduced the legislation, said it was time to end fur trapping. “It seems especially cruel, obviously, and it’s just unnecessary and costly,” she said.
The ban comes as California lawmakers consider more aggressive measures to protect animals and wildlife that will be fortunately putting roughly six dozen trappers out of a job in the state. A small price to pay for doing the right thing.
Also being considered are proposals to ban the sale of all fur goods and the use of animals in circuses in the state (with an exemption for dogs, cats and horses).
“There’s been a real change in attitudes about how we treat animals,” Gonzalez said.
The law followed after Tom O’Key a conservationist discovered a bobcat trap illegally set on his property near the edge of Joshua Tree National Park in 2013.
“I could not have guessed in a million years,” O’Key said in an interview, “that trap would spark an unstoppable movement capable of shifting legislative thinking toward wildlife.”
This victory also comes as part of the incredible work of animal rights activists like those in direct action everywhere (DxE) that have campaigned tirelessly to make this happen!