Currently, trappers can kill unlimited numbers of bobcats in California between November and January -- all for the commercial fur trade, where beautiful bobcat fur gets snatched up in places like China and Russia. Bobcat trapping is even legal along the borders of national parks and other protected areas.
This commercial trapping is not only inhumane; it also hurts California's beautiful and ecologically important wild places.
But there's some hope for our bobcats: Assembly Bill 1213, known as the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013, would limit commercial trapping of bobcats in California. It includes an immediate prohibition of bobcat trapping around Joshua Tree National Park and directs the California Fish and Game Commission to institute further protections.
A.B. 1213 is close to becoming law -- it's already passed the California Assembly and is making its way to the Senate. Please take action now to help make sure the Bobcat Protection Act passes before Sept. 13.
Please vote yes on Assembly Bill 1213 (Bloom), the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013, which would limit commercial trapping of bobcats in California.
It is not right that hundreds of California's native bobcats are trapped and killed each year for the sale of their skins in the international fur trade, a practice that harms the ecology of our wildlife and natural landscapes and undermines the natural beauty that makes California such a special place to live and visit. California's native wildlife should not be exploited and harmed for personal commercial gain.
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I ask that the Senate Appropriations Committee approve A.B. 1213. Please do everything you can to end bobcat trapping in our state.
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