Official Title: Trapping Practices. Bans Use of Specified Traps and Animal Poisons.

Official election results are available from the Secretary of State


57.5 %


42.5 %



The way it is now:
State law allows the capture or killing of certain fur-bearing and non-game animals for commercial and recreational purposes. This requires a license from the Department of Fish and Game. Allowable methods include shooting, trapping and poisoning.

What Prop. 4 would do: Ban the use of leghold traps by any person for nearly any purpose. It bans the use of "body-gripping" traps for commercial and recreational purposes. It also bans the sale of raw furs obtained by using these types of traps. Prop 4 also outlaws the use of certain poisons on animals. There would be fines and imprisonment if this law is broken.

What it would cost: The cost for enforcement could range from several hundred thousand to a couple of million dollars.





Prop 4 ends the senseless cruelty of traps and poisons. Wildlife should not be killed for clothing. Prop 4 bans some of the tools needed to control animals that are problem predators.


Protect Pets and Wildlife
Committee ID# 970888
1388 Westwood Blvd #201
Los Angeles, CA 90024
phone: (310) 441-4499

No on 4/Californians for People, Pets and Wildlife
Committee ID# 980569
1121 L Street, Ste 810
Sacramento, CA 95814
phone: (916) 444-8080

WHO SIGNED THE OFFICIAL BALLOT PAMPHLET ARGUMENTS Doris Day, President, Doris Day Animal League; Honorable William A. Newsom, Justice (Ret.), California Court of Appeal; Elden Hughes, Vice President for Communications, Sierra Club, 1996-1997. Ben Norman, DMV, Ph.D., Dept. of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, Ret.; Dona Mast, Immediate Past Chair, California Farm Bureau Federation, Rural Health & Safety; Stephanie Larson, President-Elect, Humane Society, Sonoma.


Follow the money - CVF has compiled summary campaign finance information and a list of top ten contributors for each ballot measure committee that has filed a report with the Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State's Voter Information Guide - features the Attorney General's summary, official pro/con arguments, the Legislative Analyst's analysis (including background information, details of the proposal, and the fiscal effect of the measure) and the full text of this measure.

The California Journal - provides independent, in-depth analysis, including background on the issue and arguments for and against the measure.

The Senate Office of Research - offers background information, policy and fiscal effects, related state and federal law, a description of how the measure will work, and a list of supporters and opponents.

The League of Women Voters' Pro/Con Analysis - provides an excellent, nonpartisan review of this measure.

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