Yep, the hunters and vile trappers of Illinois have been itching to persecute bobcats for what seems like ages and now the legislators have allowed it because this beautiful wild cat has made a comeback from decades of persecution because they were listed as a threatened species in 1977.
As soon as this wild cat bounces back to a survivable population size, the hunters see this as an opportunity to start killing them for fun rather than celebrating their presence.
The legislators of Illinois have been pestered and bullied into passing a law which legalises hunting and trapping in the state for the first time since 1972.
Then the governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, signed off the legislation. Well done Rauner. You are no damn good.
This really is not democracy in process. It is the sort of political insensitivity that American citizens are tired of.
A state-wide poll by Mason-Dixon tells us that two-thirds of voters in Illinois oppose sport hunting and the trapping of bobcats in the state. The poll also tells us that 78 percent of voters support a ban on the steel-jawed traps to kill animals. And 77 percent support a ban on the sale of bobcat pelts.
The politicians in league with business have conspired to make a decision which is against the wishes and desires of the voting citizens.
In 2016, it really is time to think differently about killing animals for pleasure in America. The world should be more civilised.
State Sen, Don Harmon has introduced legislation to ban the sale of bobcat pelts and the trapping of bobcats in Illinois (as I understand it). This is a small bright spark amongst the doom and gloom.
The politicians need to listen to the public. I hope they are voted out of office at the next election. They should be. They are not listening or representing their constituents.
New Hampshire’s law makers tried to reintroduce bobcat hunting last year but failed thanks to pressure from the voters. As a result the proposal was withdrawn.
People need to stand up to the trophy hunters and trappers. Both pastimes/professions are passed their sell by date.
Associated: Bobcat and lynx fur trade stats. \
Source: the blog of Wayne Pacelle.