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H.R. 2016 (114th): Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 23, 2015 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 2016


April 23, 2015

(for herself, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Cartwright, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Rangel, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Engel, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Hastings, and Mr. Meeks) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


To end the use of body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act.


Possession or use of body-gripping trap prohibited

The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:


Possession or use of body-gripping trap prohibited


In general

No person may possess or use a body-gripping trap in the System.


Enforcement provisions

Notwithstanding section 4(f), a person who possesses or uses a body-gripping trap in the System shall be subject to the following:


In the case of a first offense, a civil fine of not more than $500 imposed by the Secretary for each body-gripping trap possessed or used.


In the case of a subsequent offense—


a civil fine of not more than $1,000 imposed by the Secretary for each body-gripping trap possessed or used;


imprisonment for not more than 180 days; or


both a civil fine and imprisonment in accordance with subparagraphs (A) and (B).


Forfeiture of body-Gripping trap

Any body-gripping trap that is possessed or used in violation of this section, and any wildlife captured by the use of such trap, including the pelt or raw fur, shall be subject to forfeiture to the United States in accordance with the provisions of chapter 46 of title 18, United States Code, relating to civil forfeitures.


Payment of court costs and other associated expenses

A person found to be in violation of subsection (a) shall pay all court costs associated therewith.



Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall issue any regulations necessary to carry out this section.


Body-Gripping trap defined

As used in this section, the term body-gripping trap


except as provided in paragraph (3), means any device that is intended to kill or capture wildlife by physically restraining any part of the animal;


includes any—


steel-jaw, padded, or other modified leghold trap;


kill-type trap;


snare trap; or


modified version of any such trap; and


does not include any—


cage or box trap; or


suitcase-type live beaver trap.