Philadelphia: No cash for killing raccoons

Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:16 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Nuisance raccoons captured in Philadelphia would not be killed by the city under a measure being considered by the City Council.

Councilman Darrell Clarke proposed the bill after animal-rights activists complained his earlier bill passed in June to address raccoon-nuisance calls would result in the animals being euthanized, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Wednesday. State law requires all trapped raccoons be destroyed.

Brian Abernathy, chief of staff for the Managing Director's Office, said "the administration does not have specific objections to this legislation, [but] the city does not have the resources to act as exterminators."

Clarke said he sympathized with Abernathy's financial concerns.

"Understanding the fiscal situation that we find ourselves in, here in the city, we are unfortunately not at this point in an adequate position to address this issue in a very aggressive way," he said. "But I don't think that we should not enact legislation."

Despite the June bill, the city's animal-control contractor will only respond to calls of a sick or injured raccoon, or if the animal is in a living room, bedroom or kitchen. Residents must contract their own exterminator otherwise.

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