September 19, 2012
Uggie Asks California’s First Dog Sutter Brown to Help Stop Hounding
“Counting on you,” says one famous dog to another
Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier made famous by his star turn in the Academy Award-winning film “The Artist,” has written to California’s First Dog, Sutter Brown. In his letter, Uggie asks Sutter to urge his dad Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 1221 into law and outlaw the inhumane and unsporting use of packs of radio-collared hounds in the trophy hunting of bears and bobcats.
Uggie's letter in support of this important animal welfare policy to protect dogs, bears and bobcats throughout California, which was delivered to the Governor’s office in Sacramento, included this excerpt:
I just can’t believe that in California it is still legal for hunters to turn dogs loose to chase bears and bobcats. I mean, I’ve chased a squirrel or two in my day, but my people are always nearby keeping an eye on me and making sure I don’t get lost or injured in a fight with other animals….
Lots of other states don’t allow this, so why does California?
Dogs like me are counting on you to talk with your dad. Just tell him, “Signing SB 1221 is a doggone good idea. Woof!”
“Dogs all over California have joined Uggie in asking Governor Brown – with Sutter’s help – to put an end to this inhumane and cruel practice,” said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The HSUS.
In addition to Uggie’s support, Doris Day, Ellen DeGeneres, and an all-star cast of other Hollywood celebrities have signed a letter urging Governor Brown to sign SB 1221.
Hound hunting is an unnecessary and cruel practice 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. During the chase, dogs can be struck by vehicles, die from dehydration or as a result of violent confrontations with wildlife, and many are abandoned, which puts a strain on local animal shelters.
SB 1221, authored by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, passed the Senate and Assembly with bi-partisan support in August. The measure will bring California in line with 14 states – including Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington – that prohibit use of dogs to chase 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.
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