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September 18, 2012

Doris Day, Ellen DeGeneres Urge Calif. Gov. Brown to End Hound Hunting of Bears and Bobcats

Doris Day, Ellen DeGeneres, and an all-star cast of other stars signed a letter to Gov. Brown urging him to give final approval to Senate Bill 1221, a bill by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, to outlaw the inhumane and unsporting use of packs of radio-collared hounds in the trophy hunting of bears and bobcats. The Humane Society of the United States is working with some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrity animal advocates in support of this important animal welfare policy to protect dogs, bears and bobcats from cruelty.

The letter, delivered today in Sacramento, included signatures from Kristin Bauer van Straten, Kristen Bell, James Cromwell, Doris Day, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Peter Dinklage, Hilary Duff, Fiona Gubelmann, Jon Huertas, Kellan Lutz, Bill Maher, Wendie Malick, Charlotte Ross, Alicia Silverstone and Michael Vartan.

“Hounding of bears and bobcats is inhumane and it is wrong, and it has gone on for too long in California,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO for The HSUS. “We know that the vast majority of Californians want Governor Brown to put his stamp of approval on this important wildlife protection measure.”

Hound hunting is an unnecessary and cruel practice, opposed by 83 percent of Californians, in which dogs are released to chase frightened wild animals often for miles, across all types of habitat, including forests, private property and into national parks. High‐tech radio devices fitted to the dogs’ collars allow bear and bobcat trophy hunters to follow the pursuit remotely. Dogs pursue their target until the exhausted animal climbs a tree to escape or turns to confront the dog pack. The trophy hunter then arrives on the scene and often shoots the animal off a tree branch at close range.

SB 1221 passed the Senate and Assembly with bi-partisan support in August. The enactment of Senate Bill 1221 will bring California in line with 14 states – including Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington – that prohibit use of dogs to chase and kill bears for trophy hunting.

Gov. Brown has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto SB 1221.

For more information on Senate Bill 1221 and to view a message from Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO for The HSUS, please visit http://www.humanesociety.org/California. 

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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