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California Legislature Licenses Mouse-trapping
« on: Nov 28, 2003, 04:21:55 PM »
The link is bad, but as far as I know this is the complete text.  

It's a good thing that Angus the wondercat is lazy as hell.  Mice could walk over him for all he cares....

Is this going to turn into a tax against cats?

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Charlie Tuna Award--California Legislature Licenses Mouse-trapping
SFGate ^ | 11-23-2003 | Tom Stinestra

Posted on 11/28/2003 3:32 PM PST by wildbill

Charlie Tuna Award

My selection for this year's Charlie Tuna Award goes to the Animal Protection Institute (API) of Sacramento. This is no easy feat considering some of the stunts pulled off by former Fish and Game Director Robert Hight.

The API pushed SB 1645 as law, which requires that anybody taking furbearing mammals or non-game animals must purchase a trapping license, available only by paying a fee ($78.50) and passing a fairly complex test. Now get this: Fish and Game Code 4005 defines non-game animals as including mice, rats, gophers and moles.

So now you need a trapping license to set out mousetraps?

Terry Knight of the Lake County Fish and Wildlife Committee asked Scott Paulsen, DFG chief of law enforcement, that question at a committee meeting Thursday night.

"We're not enforcing this for personal use," said Paulson, who then added that, because of the force of law, the statute must be enforced for commercial use.

That means if you hire a neighbor to set mousetraps at your house, or perhaps hire your gardener or a pest control service, that they must have a trapping permit -- or face being arrested.

The DFG did not support the bill, but the Animal Protection Institute pushed it through anyway, according to Knight.

"I can see the headlines now, 'Mice trappers face jail term,' " Knight said. "But if you get the permit, the real problem you're facing is that it takes too many mice to make a fur coat."

The Charlie Tuna Award is a fish hook made out of fool's gold.


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