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Rhode Island legislation would ban traps

5/31/2006

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Legislation has been introduced that would ban a type of animal trap in Rhode Island.

Currently, the leghold, steel-jawed trap can be used in the state, with a permit from the state Department of Environmental Management. The animal rights group Defenders of Animals wants to ban the traps, saying they maim pets and other animals, and could be dangerous to small children.

Similar traps have been banned in 90 countries, according to the group.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Joseph Trillo, of Warwick, on Defenders of Animals' behalf.