**Many thanks to Virginia Handley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for compiling this information on animal-related legislation, and to Rose Lernberg for sending it out … and for giving me permission to reprint it here so more people can have a chance to read it. They’re the best!**
California Legislative Alert 1/1/07
You can obtain official legislative information by going to this web site: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html
By entering the number of the bill, you can access the bill text, status, committee analyses and roll call votes.
Next Legislative Meeting: Monday, Jan. 8, 2007. 10 a.m. to Noon, Room 113, State Capitol Building, Sacramento.
Agenda: New Legislation, Expected Legislation, Possible Legislation. Regulations. All animal advocates welcome.
The 2007-2008 Legislative Session begins Jan. 3, 2007. Deadline for submission of possible bills is Jan. 26.
Deadline for introduction of new bills is Feb. 23.
CALIFORNIA FISH & GAME COMMISSION
1416 – 9th St., Sacramento, CA 95814
The Fish & Game Department will propose trapping regulations and will write an Environmental Document. The Commission is required to "consider the welfare of individual animals" and in the past each document had a chapter on it. The Department has changed it from "welfare" to "effects" in an effort to get away from the concept of welfare.
AB 87 passed in 2006 to make it clear that "pest" control operators do not have to get a Fish & Game license to trap mice, rats, gophers and moles. SB 1645, passed in 2002, requires "nuisance" and predator control wildlife trappers to get a Fish & Game license to trap coyotes, raccoons, opossums, skunks, etc. Many trappers do not tell their customers that the animals will be killed if not released on site. Nor do many of them have licenses due to lack of enforcement.
Next Hearing: Feb. 1 or 2, Monterey.
Write: California Fish & Game Commission. Tell them to reinstate the chapter entitled "Welfare of the Individual Animal" as required by law for the Commission to consider. Ask them to enforce the existing law requiring "nuisance" and predator control trappers to have licenses and ask that the list of licensed trappers be available to the public. Also ask that they include specific requirements for the humane handling of wildlife, including bats.
Turtles and Frogs in Live Animal Markets.
The Commission voted to "go to notice" to pass a regulation to prohibit the importation of turtles and frogs for the live animal markets. But the Department has taken no action to submit the regulation. They are telling the Commission that the issue is the responsibility of the Health Dept., Food & Ag. Dept. and local animal control.
Next Hearing: Feb. 1 or 2 in Monterey.
Write: California Fish & Game Commission. Tell them to follow through on their legal action to protect our native wildlife from the non-native turtles and frogs who are imported by the hundreds of thousands (frogs by the ton) and commonly released. They deplete populations of California wildlife such as the endangered Western Pond Turtle and the Red Legged Frog. The importation also contributes to the illegal pet trade of baby turtles born to captured wild turtles for the market.
Advisory Committee on Humane Treatment of Wild Animals.
The Fish & Game Department has advised the Committee that they should conduct meetings under the Open Meeting Act to avoid any possible lawsuit. That means the public can attend and participate in the meetings. The Committee advises the Department on inspection procedures to enforce permit requirements and minimum standards for keeping wild animals in captivity.
Next Meeting: Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1416 9th St., Room 1206, Sacramento.
CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION
45 Fremont St. #2000, San Francisco, CA 94105. 415-904-5200
Navy Sonar. Oppose. The Navy plans military exercises starting in February off the southern California Coast that includes mid-frequency sonar training to find enemy submarines. Sonar puts out ear-splitting noise that impacts all sea life, including migrating whales.
Next Hearing: Jan. 10, 200 S. Pine, Long Beach
Write: California Coastal Commission. Tell them that the sonar should not be allowed. It is extremely destructive and painful. Its negative impacts are well documented but ignored by the Navy.
CALIFORNIA VETERINARY MEDICAL BOARD
1420 Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825. 916-263-2610
Rodeo Injury Reports
Current law requires veterinarians who cover rodeos to report injuries to the Vet Med. Board. 2006 had no report and 2005 had only one. Veterinarians are not complying or, when on-call, are not being called. The Vet Board should make it clear to the vets that not reporting is a violation of law and clarify what specific information is required in the report.
Next Meeting: Jan. 24 at UC Davis or Sacramento.
Write: California Vet Med. Board. Tell them current law is not serving the animals without their cooperation and instruction.