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    110th CONGRESS

    1st Session

    H. R. 1691
    To end the use of conventional steel-jawed leghold traps on animals in the United States.


    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    March 26, 2007
    Mrs. LOWEY (for herself, Mr. SHAYS, Mr. CROWLEY, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Ms. BERKLEY, and Mr. MCNULTY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Foreign Affairs, and Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


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    A BILL
    To end the use of conventional steel-jawed leghold traps on animals in the United States.


    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Inhumane Trapping Prevention Act'.

    SEC. 2. DECLARATION OF POLICY.

    It is the policy of the United States to end the needless maiming and suffering inflicted upon animals through the use of conventional steel-jawed leghold traps by prohibiting the import or export of, and the shipment in interstate commerce of, such traps and of articles of fur from animals that were trapped in such traps.

    SEC. 3. PROHIBITED ACTS AND PENALTIES.

    (a) Prohibited Acts- It shall be unlawful for any person--

    (1) to import, export, or transport in interstate commerce an article of fur, if any part or portion of such article is derived from an animal that was trapped in a conventional steel-jawed leghold trap;

    (2) to import, export, deliver, carry, or transport by any means whatever, in interstate commerce, any conventional steel-jawed leghold trap;

    (3) to sell, receive, acquire, or purchase any conventional steel-jawed leghold trap that was delivered, carried, or transported in violation of paragraph (2); or

    (4) to violate any rule made by the Secretary under this Act.

    (b) Penalties- Whoever knowingly violates subsection (a) shall, in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed--

    (1) for the first such violation, be imprisoned for not more than 5 days or fined under title 18, United States Code, or both; and

    (2) for each subsequent violation, be imprisoned for not more than two years or fined under title 18, United States Code, or both.

    SEC. 4. REWARDS.

    (a) General Rule- The Secretary shall pay, to any person who furnishes information which leads to a conviction of a violation of any provision of this Act or any rule made under this Act, an amount equal to one-half of the fine paid pursuant to the conviction.

    (b) Exception- Any officer or employee of the United States or of any State or local government who furnishes information or renders service in the performance of his or her official duties is not eligible for payment under this section.

    SEC. 5. ENFORCEMENT.

    (a) In General- Except with respect to violations of this Act to which subsection (b) applies, this Act and any rules made under this Act shall be enforced by the Secretary, who may utilize by agreement, with or without reimbursement, the personnel, services, and facilities of any other Federal agency or any State agency for purposes of enforcing this Act and such rules.

    (b) Import and Export Violations-

    (1) IMPORT VIOLATIONS- The importation of articles in violation of section 3(a) shall be treated as a violation of the customs laws of the United States, and those provisions of law relating to violations of the customs laws of the United States shall apply thereto.

    (2) EXPORT VIOLATIONS- The authorities under the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. App. 2401 et seq.) (as continued in effect under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act), including penalties, shall be used to enforce the provisions of this Act relating to the export of articles in violation of section 3(a).

    (c) Enforcement Authorities- Any person having authority to enforce this Act (except with respect to violations to which subsection (b) applies), may, in exercising such authority--

    (1) detain for inspection, search, and seize any package, crate, or other container, including its contents, and all accompanying documents, if such individual has reasonable cause to suspect that in such package, crate, or other container are articles with respect to which a violation of this Act (except with respect to a violation to which subsection (b) applies) has occurred, is occurring, or is about to occur;

    (2) make arrests without a warrant for any violation of this Act (except with respect to a violation to which subsection (b) applies) committed in his or her presence or view, or if the individual has probable cause to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing such a violation; and

    (3) execute and serve any arrest warrant, search warrant, or other warrant or criminal process issued by any judge or magistrate of any court of competent jurisdiction for enforcement of this Act (except with respect to violations to which subsection (b) applies).

    (d) Forfeiture-

    (1) GENERAL RULE- Except with respect to exports to which the provisions of the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. App. 2401 et seq.) (as continued in effect under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act) apply, and imports to which the customs laws of the United States apply, pursuant to subsection (b), any article of fur or conventional steel-jawed leghold trap taken, possessed, sold, purchased, offered for sale or purchase, imported, exported, transported, delivered, received, carried, or shipped in violation of this Act or any rule made under this Act, shall be subject to forfeiture to the United States. Those provisions of law relating to--

    (A) the seizure, summary and judicial forfeiture, and condemnation of property for violations of the customs laws of the United States,

    (B) the disposition of such property or the proceeds from the sale thereof,

    (C) the remission or mitigation of such forfeitures, and

    (D) the compromise of claims,

    shall apply to seizures and forfeitures incurred, or alleged to have been incurred, under the provisions of this subsection, insofar as applicable and not inconsistent with this Act.

    (2) ENFORCEMENT- Such duties as are imposed upon the customs officer or any other person with respect to the seizure and forfeiture of property under the customs laws of the United States may be performed with respect to seizures and forfeitures of property under this subsection by the Secretary or such officers and employees as may be authorized or designated for that purpose by the Secretary, or, upon the request of the Secretary, by any other agency that has authority to manage and dispose of seized property.

    (e) Injunctions- The Attorney General of the United States may seek to enjoin any person who is alleged to be in violation of this Act or any rule made under this Act.

    (f) Cooperation- The Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the head of any other department or agency with enforcement responsibilities under this Act shall cooperate with the Secretary in ensuring that this Act, and rules made under this Act, are enforced in the most effective and efficient manner.

    SEC. 6. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:

    (1) The term `article of fur' means--

    (A) any furskin (as such term is used under Note 1 of chapter 43 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), including any raw furskin classified under heading 4301 of such Schedule; or

    (B) any article, however produced, that consists in whole or part of any such furskin.

    (2) The term `conventional steel-jawed leghold trap' means any spring-powered pan or sear-activated device with two opposing steel jaws, whether the jaws are smooth, toothed, padded, or offset, which is designed to capture an animal by snapping closed upon the animal's limb or part thereof.

    (3) The term `customs laws of the United States' means any other law or regulation enforced or administered by the United States Customs Service.

    (4) The term `import' means to land on, bring into, or introduce into, any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, whether or not such landing, bringing, or introduction constitutes an entry into the customs territory of the United States.

    (5) The term `interstate commerce' has the meaning given such term in section 10 of title 18, United States Code.

    (6) The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior.

    SEC. 7. RULEMAKING.

    The Secretary may make rules to carry out this Act.

    SEC. 8. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    This Act shall take effect one year after the date of its enactment.


    Sponsors:
    Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY]
    Cosponsors
    Rep. Gary Ackerman [D-NY]
    Rep. Shelley Berkley [D-NV]
    Rep. Joseph Crowley [D-NY]
    Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR]
    Rep. Barney Frank [D-MA]
    Rep. Raul Grijalva [D-AZ]
    Rep. Michael McNulty [D-NY]
    Rep. George Miller [D-CA]

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    Angry Are you kidding?

    See why you don't vote for liberals? This boils my blood. Where's that Savage for president thread?!!

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    Unhappy what is this world coming too...

    I usually get worked up about things such as this but this time it's just to sad.
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    Here's the bad part. If it does come to a vote AK doesn't have enough votes to stop or get it tabled. With only minimal votes in congress we can't defend ourselves against liberals in bigger states with higher populations.In 2008 the Democrats will be able to control Congress. People in New Jersey don't trap anyway so why should they care just vote the party line and take away our livelyhoods. If you want to get this defeated start now burning up your PCs contacting responsable congress people and let them know it's your livelyhood they are trying to outlaw. The sad part about that is there are so few trappers anymore. We are loosing power in the new milenium.
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    It's time for our new governor to show what she's made of and stick up for us. The same goes for Stevens, Murkowski, and Young.

    -Eric

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    I wonder what the back country hunters have to say?
    I think that at present, we have a small amount of safety in GW Bush, who would hopefully veto such a bill. However, 2008 will be another story. Hillary or even John McCain won't be of any help to us trappers.
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    Unhappy This state-

    We wil lose support here in our backyard if we are not careful- Seems like the ADN ran out of stories and letter writers from Homer and Girdwood ran out of causes and both decided to bash trappers all winter.

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    Lets look closer at this proposed piece of Crap Legislation. First of all it is not Democrats attempt to ban trapping, it is a attempt by a select group of very liberal Democrats who are trying to ban leg hold trapping. I know this sounds trivial but it is not fair to lump all Democrats into the same group. It would be like calling all Republicans corrupt politicians who can be purchased with a few thousand dollars by the likes of people such as Jack Abrahamof when we know that only small majority of the republican party were bought and paid for by Mr. Abrahamof and most of them are no longer representing anyone but are in prison or on their way to prison.

    Ok now that we know how I feel about that issue lets get back to the original issue of the whack jobs trying to ban trapping. There is no chance in hell that this legislation will make it out of the house or the senate but that should not stop us from sending some well-written letters to our elected officials.

    Both the right and the left have a fair amount of whack jobs but that is what makes our system of government so cool! We have room for lots of different views and in the end most of us who are in the middle on most issues will prevail.

    Ok I know that I will crank some of you guys up and I will pay a price for my rant but thatís ok because this is a Forum that has lots of room for many points of view.

    Hit me MartenTrapper!

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    Default missing one co-sponser

    Rep. Christopher Shays [R-CT]

    Luckily it won't make it out of the house. write letters to your state reps in the house to be sure it doesn't.

    A written letter means ALOT more than an email.

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    This is a serious PIECE of CRAP legislation. Not because it will pass THIS TIME but it has been brought to the forefront of public scrutany. When Democrats gain control in 2008, this will be a good piece of legislation to add on as a rider to a Withdrawal from Iraq, Funding or some other bill. If the bill it's riding on is passed so would this piece of garbage. ADD the support of the rich liberal left wingers and ORGs. like PETA, Sierra Club and Bunny Huggers of America, you might get such legislation.
    Express your opinions to legislators NOW while it's still just a small flame before it burns out of control.
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    Say even if it did pass, Alaska could ignore it. What could the feds do? Hold back trapping education funds? State could just chose not to prosecute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northwestalska View Post
    Lets look closer at this proposed piece of Crap Legislation. First of all it is not Democrats attempt to ban trapping, it is a attempt by a select group of very liberal Democrats who are trying to ban leg hold trapping. I know this sounds trivial but it is not fair to lump all Democrats into the same group.

    And we all know dummycrats are pro-gun too. LMAO

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    trapping folks are quickly becoming the minority up here, THAT is scary.

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    I wish the democrats would stop doing stupid stuff like this. This probably won't pass the house and certaintly won't pass the senate, and most certaintly won't pass the exectutive branch, and also might not even pass the judicial branch.

    How sad, how sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
    I wish the democrats would stop doing stupid stuff like this. This probably won't pass the house and certaintly won't pass the senate, and most certaintly won't pass the exectutive branch, and also might not even pass the judicial branch.

    How sad, how sad.
    Democrats are KNOWN and renouned for doing stupid stuff like this. That's why conservatives don't agree with them or their views. But, in a couple of years this bill will pass and be ratified by all branches of the Government. Trappers are a dieing breed and will become an obsolete and unwanted group of people. Animal rights groups work day and night to put us out of buisness, they probably work harder and put out more effort to stop us than we exert running a trap line.They do it year round.
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    Well republicans have been discriminating against people for so long I guess the democrats decided it is about time they join the party.
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    You didn't say anything worth hitting you for, Walt.........at least this time.

    Dems were supposed to be the working mans party.........long years ago. Trappers are working men. Sad is the appropriate word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
    Well republicans have been discriminating against people for so long I guess the democrats decided it is about time they join the party.
    Right.... So it's the republicans fault that the demoncons want to ban trapping.... Ya, that's it!

    Once again APM, your youth shows more with every post. The demoncons have the only former KKK member in congress. Maybe you should do a little research back into the 1960's and tell me which party stood for (D) discrimination and which party stood for equal rights. Today's demoncon party is virtually a do-all, for-all party and is hell bent on ruining this country through it's communist, nanny state mentality.

    It is the left that wants to take your guns.
    It's the left that wants to ban trapping.
    It's the left that wants to eliminate hunting.
    It's the left that wants the government to take care of everybody.
    It's the left that won't let us drill for our own oil.
    It's the left that don't care if the unborn are aborted.
    It's the left that wants to tax you into bankruptcy.

    Wake up America!

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    Smile Watch4bear: Bravo1:

    Watch4bear:

    Lets be real when we talk about the democrats who want to take your handguns. You are sounding a lot like those pain in the ass phone calls that I get from the NRA telling me that the government is coming to Kotz to take my guns! History is a funny thing! I believe that it was the Brady Bill that placed restrictions on handgun ownership back in the late 80ís. If I look backwards a little I believe that Mr. Brady was a Republican working for a Republican president named R. Reagan. That bill was in response to an assassination attempt on our Republican President and his Republican Aidís life. I know the bill had bipartisan support so we can spread the blame for gun control to both partyís but it was a republican bill from the very start.

    Bravo1:

    The term conservative gets tossed around especially in Alaska like an empty can of Beer. What is a conservative any way? Is it some one who goes to church every Sunday? Is it some one who wants the government out of their lives but is the first one to complain when his road has a pothole in it or has not been plowed in a timely manner? Or is it the guy who talks about all of the welfare programs and how many people are living off of the governmentís handouts but at the same time is the first in line to cash his PFD?

    The concept of what a conservative is in Alaska is laughable! We all live off of the government up here, from out PFDís to the cheap mail rates that we all pay. If Uncle Ted ever dies we all feel the effect when the pork stops rolling into our lives. Lets not get on our high horse about those **** Democrats and how great it is to be a conservative not at least as long as we live in Alaska.

    Thank you all and please keep the pork rolling in to Kotz on our new DOT runway and the new DOT paved streets in this sleepy little outpost/

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    "We all live off of the government up here"

    You might, I sure don't.

    Dissing conservatives and the NRA, in no way, answers the question
    why democrats hate trapping, and guns.

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