Post Your Property Against Hunting

The NH Animal Rights League provides free signs to anyone who wishes to post their property against hunting.

Hunting season begins September 1, so now is the time to post your property.

On September 1, bear hunting season begins in New Hampshire. In this state it’s legal to hunt bears over bait, by stalking, or with hounds.

Although hunters must get your permission to place bait on your property, they do not need your permission to hunt with hounds. So if you don’t post your property against hunting, “hounders” are free to chase, tree, and shoot a bear on your property. It’s not uncommon for still-lactating females to be inadvertently killed, leaving orphaned cubs behind.

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Protesting Miss NH Pageant for Awarding Fur

NHARL protests at Miss NH Pageant

NHARL joined with other animal rights groups outside the Miss New Hampshire competition to protest the awarding of a fur coat to the winner. Kristina Snyder led the initiative and was quoted by the Eagle Tribune:

“It is time that the Miss New Hampshire Organization and indeed Miss America’s as well, takes a stand against cruelty to animals and says ‘no’ to this fur coat… These young women are supposed to reflect today’s society and trends. They should show independence, compassion, and caring towards animals. By staying stuck in the past and accepting a fur coat made from tortured animals, instead it shows a regressive stance by this organization.”

Leghold traps are modern-day torture devices. New Hampshire trappers remove important predators from the ecosystem, including coyotes and foxes which help control Lyme disease.

Leghold traps do not discriminate, often trapping non-target animals. Pets as well as endangered/threatened species, such as American bald eagles and the New England cottontail rabbits, have all been victims of these cruel traps.

Support Endangered Wild Animals at Heron Pond

Fundraising Campaign to Support Endangered Wild Animals at the
Heron Pond Wetland & Wildlife "Preserve"
An “ecological gem”!

“Thank you!”


Click Photo for Full View. The 270 acres owned by the Town of Milford is home to the Blanding’s Turtle, an “umbrella” species. Being an “umbrella” species means that where the Blanding’s Turtle lives, then so do countless other animal species live under the naturally rich environmental umbrella. This is so true here that the natural resources scientist who studied this place calls it “an ecological gem”! But all these animals, including those that are NH-state threatened and endangered, are at high and imminent risk from development that would negatively transform the habitat. The only hope is good people are working hard to prevent the loss.


This special place in Milford, NH is outlined in white on the map. Click Photo for Full View. Unfortunately, the “preserve” is not currently protected as conservation land and instead is under intense pressure of development by Milford Town Officials. This means that these wild animals are at dire risk of losing their habitat permanently! The endangered animals in particular are highly susceptible to any habitat loss and many would perish as a result. Click Photo for Full View.


Since 2012 a group of dedicated citizens has been working hard against the intense pressure of development by Milford Town Officials. Being completely volunteer, the Heron Pond Project Team members spend their own money. The Heron Pond Project Team spends money on actions to help the wildlife as needed to protect them and advocate on their behalf. Costs include Turtle Crossing signs; materials for meetings before Town boards and State agencies such as handouts and posters; study of the wildlife, sometimes hiring expert consultants; equipment and gear – for example, night camera, head lamp; and we take legal actions when they are unavoidable such as now. Thank you for considering a donation to protect the Heron Pond Wetland & Wildlife “Preserve”! Email Us for questions, comments, or for more information.


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The NH Animal Rights League is the fiscal agent of the Heron Pond Project Team. This beautiful place needs our help to Save it. From the tiny fairy shrimp in the vernal pool to the whitetail deer on the landscape, they are all important members of NH’s ecosystem and need this rich habitat to survive. Please help by giving a tax deductible donation today. Thank you and our deepest gratitude!

Saving Beaver Ponds and Beavers Matching Grant Program

NHARL was pleased to award a $400 matching grant for beaver protection at Sherwood Glen Condominiums in Raymond, NH.

Several years ago, Art Wolinsky and his condo installed flow pipes and fencing with their own money. They recently determined some upkeep was needed—namely, the installation of a culvert protection cage—on this successful project, and so applied for help via this grant, which was approved. NHARL supports and promotes humane and environmentally friendly solutions in beaver management as an alternative to the lethal methods of trapping and killing beavers, offering small matching grants up to $500 towards the installation of these alternative methods (e.g. beaver pipe systems, fencing around trees).

You can watch a Timelapse Video of the April 23, 2018 installation of this outgoing culvert fence by Mike Callahan.

To apply for a grant, complete the Grant Application for Humane Beaver Management Solutions and send it to or NHARL, PO Box 4211, Concord, NH 03302-4211.

Protest Fur

This is the trapping table at the NH Fish and Game’s Discover Wild NH Day. At the same time they were promoting the torture and killing of innocent animals the NH Citizens Against Recreational Trapping and the NH Animal Rights League were right outside the event protesting the torture and killing.  It was a huge and successful protest, one of our largest ever.

Anti-trapping protesters hold up signs outside New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters in Concord during Discover Wild New Hampshire Day, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Elizabeth Frantz)

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Heron Pond Wildlife Need Our Help

Fundraising Campaign to Support Endangered Wild Animals at the
Heron Pond Wetland & Wildlife Preserve
An “ecological gem”!
The Wild Animals Are at Risk:
The 270 acres owned by the Town of Milford is home to the Blanding’s Turtle, an “umbrella” species. Being an “umbrella” species means that where the Blanding’s Turtle lives, then so do countless other animal species live under the naturally rich environmental umbrella. This is so true here that the natural resources scientist who studied this place calls it “an ecological gem”!
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Petition to Save the Bobcat

Please sign this January 2015 petition to Save the Bobcat in New Hampshire (NH residents only, please).

Bobcats in NH have not been trapped since 1989. However, trapping of bobcats may soon be legal again in NH, if our opposition to trapping them is not expressed and heard. Thus this petition and request for you to sign it. Trappers want to exploit bobcats to be able to sell their furs (pelts) for around $350 each, a significant chunk of money and incentive to trap them. This petition will be used to tell NH F&G and the NH Legislature that the public wants bobcats to be classified as a non-game species, not to be trapped or hunted ever again in NH. Thank you for signing.

Letter to the Editor
Union Leader
January 5, 2011

Just say ‘no’ to trapping of bobcats in state

My sources inform me that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department intends to open up a fur trapping season on bobcats at the conclusion of its current research with the University of New Hampshire to estimate the state’s bobcat population.

And it has the nerve to ask the unsuspecting public to help achieve its objective.

In a recent press release, Fish and Game’s Mark Ellingwood asks people to report bobcat sightings to the department if you are “supportive of our research efforts.”

I don’t know about you, but I am certainly unsupportive of the research because Fish and Game intends to use the results to open up the now closed trapping and hunting seasons to bobcats.

If you are against the trapping and hunting of bobcats, then let Fish and Game know by signing the petition that 4,174 people already have signed to say “no” to trapping and hunting of New Hampshire bobcats at

Suzanne L. Fournier

Animal Awareness program at Marion Gerrish Center

One of two billboards displayed on Elm Street in Manchester to protest two local stores that sold animals.

By Suzanne Laurent, — Jul 30, 2009

Linda Dionne, president of the New Hampshire Animal Rights League and Sherry Bezanson of are hosting an event, Animal Awareness Day, on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Marion Gerrish Community Center in Derry.

Bezanson, a Londonderry resident, first became aware of puppy mills when she watched an “Oprah” show in April 2008, and the talk show host began her two-part expose of puppy mills.

“I was horrified at what I saw,” said Bezanson, a realtor from Londonderry. These mills are inhumane and unspeakably cruel.”


Help End Pheasant Stocking

This is an ongoing campaign that needs everyone’s attention. Each year our Fish and Game Department purchases ring-necked pheasants from a breeding farm. These helpless, farm-bred and raised pheasants are jammed into crates, driven the hours long transport, and then released into the fields of New Hampshire for hunters to shoot, often minutes after they are released.

Please join us in speaking out.