Thanks to Patrick M. Klemz for highlighting the importance of A.B. 1213, the Bobcat Protection Act (Bloom, D-50), that would enact measures to protect bobcats from cruel trapping (“California may limit bobcat trapping,” June 20).
This legislation is crucial because animals caught in barbaric traps suffer immensely from their injuries, endure long periods of distress, and ultimately meet a sad death. Archaic killing methods such as suffocation, drowning, and chest crushing are widely used today—methods that, in fact, would be considered a felony offense in some states if inflicted intentionally upon domestic cats or dogs. Traps are indiscriminate, so many non-targeted animals die as “collateral damage,” including endangered species and family pets. Human injuries also may occur.
The assembly wisely passed A.B. 1213 on May 30, and it’s now being considered by the senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. All compassionate Californians should make their voice heard and urge their senators to support the bill. Inaction would be unbearably cruel for the magnificent bobcats—and our precious pets—in the state.