I've been thinking about that route too. I think a good lawyer could argue that they are conducting business in a reckless manner and even though it's legal to set those traps on the ground by baiting them and placing them where they catch dogs they might be financially liable.
Just like driving is legal but if you drive recklessly you are liable.
Maryland holds trappers accountable for killing dogs.
There is no excuse other than laziness on the part of trappers who don't want to have to check their traps daily for killing our hunting dogs. None at all.
Senator Wiger (firstname.lastname@example.org) is going to try to introduce an amendment to protect our dogs. I doubt the GOP controlled Senate will allow it to pass just like they shot down the amendment in the House.
If you care about your dog NOW is the time to contact your senator and tell them you support reasonable restrictions on body grip traps and Senator Wiger's amendment is the ONLY language that will make that happen.
Dayton signed the MTA bill into law. Now dozens of dogs will be killed again next trapping season. Watch the videos and you'll see that the MTA bill won't prevent our dogs from dying.
We're forming a group of dog owners from across the state. We've got trappers, hunters, dog trainers and regular dog owners who don't hunt in the group. Of those dog owners we've got people with tech savy and legal expertise.
In the next month or so we will be issuing press releases across the state to let hunters know we exist and are working to make the woods safe for dogs.
It took less that 24 hours for trappers using body grip traps to kill the first dog of the season and to prove that the MTA reps were being dishonest when they told legislators that the so-called restrictions would protect dogs.
Here's how you can test the MN Trappers Association bill restrictions that they claimed with a straight face would protect dogs.
Place a hot dog 7" under your car.
Place a hot dog 3' off the ground.
Watch to see if your dog runs through the grass with it's nose down.
If your dog can do any of those 3 things it can be killed in a so-called dog proof set.
If the MTA tells you anything about how they are concerned about dogs dying in body grip traps turn and walk away.
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Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954