Activist reclaims trade names from NH trapper

Valley News
Published: 5/4/2021 5:18:13 PM

A vocal opponent of trapping has won back a pair of trade names that a trapper had registered with the state of New Hampshire.

As of Friday, Kristina Snyder is the registered holder of the trade names NH Citizens Against Recreational Trapping and NH Citizens Against Trapping.

In late March, longtime trapper Joseph Paolilli, had looked up the trade names with the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office and finding no record of them, registered them. In a phone interview at the time, he said he planned to tell Snyder to stop using the names on Facebook and Twitter to promote her cause, something she’s been doing for the past eight years.

Snyder consulted a lawyer, took Paolilli to court and a settlement became final on Friday.

(State law indicates that trade names should be acquired 'in good faith.”)

“I’m over the moon,” Snyder said Monday. “It was an extremely stressful four or five weeks.”

Paolilli, who lives in Swanzey, N.H., emailed a brief statement late on Friday, saying that he had discontinued the use of the trade names. Reached Monday, he referred questions to his lawyer, whom he declined to name.

The settlement brings to a close an episode in the ongoing debate over trapping in the Granite State. Snyder said it has given her some momentum.

“In the long run, I think it’s really just made me more determined with my cause,” Snyder said. “It brought what I’m trying to do into the spotlight.”

Paolilli’s registration of the trade names took place just as Snyder had purchased billboards and bus stop placards to advertise her campaign. On the advice of her lawyer, she kept the signs up, and kept posting to her social media pages.

She also started a GoFundMe page to help cover her legal expenses. She raised around $4,000 in contributions.

So far, her legal bills total nearly $4,800, she said. She could have pressed on in court to get her legal bills covered, but preferred a swift resolution.

“I just wanted to get it over with,” she said.

But she also was willing to go to court, if that’s what it took. Snyder, a 49-year-old Chester, N.H., resident, has devoted herself to this cause full-time since 2015.

“I have the time and believe me, I use it,” she said. “Every day I get up and say, ‘What else can I do?’ ”

She said she bore Paolilli no ill will, that she should have registered the names sooner and that she wants to move on.

She’s considering setting up a nonprofit corporation and a website under one of the names she has reclaimed.

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