WHITE ROCK (NEWS1130) – More than five thousand people have signed a petition to ban leg-hold traps in White Rock.
Adrian Nelson with the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals says the petition was started after a raccoon was hurt, possibly twice, in the last couple of weeks.
“It’s absolutely terrible that we’re seeing these ugly devices still in use today. We’re really hoping that somebody will come forward and be able to identify the person that’s using these devices.”
“We would hope to present [the petition] to council, [and look at] some options that council has, looking at some of the other municipalities here in BC that have looked to get rid of traps within their municipal boundaries,” he adds.
The leg-hold traps were found south of Centennial Park. The group is also offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification and conviction of the person involved.
Nelson says leg-hold traps can also be extremely dangerous for cats and dogs.
The town of Gibsons is among others that have banned the traps.