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Animal Traps Could Be Heading Toward Extinction in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Animal Service Commission plans to consider a proposal to outlaw animal traps in the city.

A proposal that would outlaw animal traps in Los Angeles was referred Tuesday to the Los Angeles Animal Services Commission.

Advocates of the proposal argue that animals injure themselves trying to get free of traps and are also at risk of becoming prey or developing health issues if entrapped for an extended time.

Currently these traps are illegal for public use in Los Angeles, but employees of pest control companies with city permits are still allowed to use traps to capture animals considered to be a nuisance or dangerous.

The proposal is expected to be reviewed by the Animal Services Commission in the next month.

L.A. City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell first introduced the proposed ban.

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