September 5, 2012
The HSUS Applauds Progress of Animal Protection Legislation in California; Urges Gov. Brown to Act
The Humane Society of the United States is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign important animal protection bills into law as the Sept. 30 deadline for his action approaches. Most of these measures passed both the Senate and Assembly by strong margins and with bipartisan support. The overwhelming progress for animals continues to reinforce California’s proven track record as a national leader for forward-thinking animal protection legislation.
“We are delighted that the legislature, with bipartisan support, has advanced several bills that will end harmful animal policies and improve protections for pets and wildlife in California,” said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The HSUS. “We encourage Californians – including our more than 1.2 million supporters in the state – to contact Governor Brown and urge him to sign these bills into law.”
The following bills passed the legislature and await action by Gov. Brown:
- Senate Bill 1221 to prohibit the “hounding” of bears and bobcats – Championed by Sen. Ted W. Lieu, D-Torrance, this bill would stop the cruel and unsporting practice of allowing packs of radio-collared hound dogs to chase bears and bobcats so hunters can shoot the animals out of a tree. The bill is co-authored by Senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.
- Senate Bill 1229, authored by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Santa Monica – This bill would prohibit landlords from requiring renters to declaw their cats or devocalize their dogs as a condition of tenancy. The bill is co-sponsored by the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the Paw Project. The California Veterinary Medical Association, the Western Center on Law and Poverty and the California Apartment Association also support SB 1229.
- Senate Bill 1480 to revise trapping laws to increase consumer and animal protections – This bill is authored by Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, and is co-sponsored by Born Free USA and San Francisco Wildlife Center.
- Senate Bill 1500 to improve the handling process for animals seized in cruelty and neglect cases – This bill by Sen. Lieu would reduce lengthy, costly and unnecessary sheltering of animals held as evidence in criminal cases, allowing the animals to be placed in new homes more quickly.
- Assembly Bill 1776 to name the endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle the official marine reptile of California – With this bill authored by Assemblymember Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, California would join the global effort to conserve this important species.
- Assembly Bill 2609 to improve the transparency, accountability and quality of the Fish and Game Commission – Authored by Assemblymember Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, this bill would set new requirements, processes and ethical standards for the Commission and its appointed members.
- Assembly Bill 2402 and Senate Bill 1148 seek to implement reforms that would improve the science, transparency, accountability and operations of California’s Department of Fish and Game, including swapping “Wildlife” for “Game” in the department’s name. Both bills embody recommendations from the California Fish and Wildlife Vision effort, a process that included The Humane Society of the United States as one of many stakeholders. Sen. Pavley and Assemblymember Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, authored Senate Bill 1148 and Assembly Bill 2402, respectively.
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