By Gary Bogue
Friday, February 9th, 2007 at 8:35 am in Animal Laws.
Many thanks to Virginia Handley of PawPAC* 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 and get involved as an animal advocate if they feel so inclined. As I’ve said before, they’re the best!
*PawPAC is California’s Political Action Committee for Animals. You can reach PawPAC at 415-646-0622; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.pawpac.org
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 analysis and roll call votes.
Next Legislative Meeting: Monday, March 5, 2007, 10 a.m. to Noon, Room 113, State Capitol Building, Sacramento. Agenda: New legislation. Deadline for introduction Feb. 23. All animal advocates welcome.
Mailing address for all legislators: State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814.
AB 64 by Assemblywoman Patty Berg re: Emergencies. Support.
Enacts the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act, including licensed veterinarians and vet techs from out of state, to allow them to practice in California during emergencies. Next Hearing: Possibly Assembly Business and Professions Committee. No date set. Write: Assemblywoman Berg. Thank her for introducing AB 64. Tell her it will help in the implementation of AB 450 passed in 2006 to require disaster plans to include animals.
CALIFORNIA FISH & GAME COMMISSION, 1416 – 9th St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Hunting and Trapping Regulations
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. The Commission has voted to consider banning lead shot on the condor habitat. They also want to increase “hunting opportunities” for junior hunts, archery hunts, and trophy hunting.
Next Hearing: March 1 or 2, Arcata. Write: California Fish & Game Commission. Ask them to reinstate the chapter entitled “Welfare of the Individual Animal.” Ask them to enforce the existing law requiring “nuisance” and predator control trappers to have licenses and ask that a list of licensed trappers be available to the public. Ask that they include specific requirements for the humane handling of wildlife, including bats. Also, thank the Commissioners for the consideration of a ban on lead shot, the leading cause of condor mortality.
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 no action has been taken to submit any regulation. Next Hearing: March 1 or 2, Arcata. Write: California Fish & Game Commission. Tell them to protect our native wildlife from non-native turtles and frogs that 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.
Siskiyou Mountain Salamander. Oppose
The timber industry wants to delist the salamander as a threatened species. Next Hearing: March 1 or 2, Arcata. Write: California Fish and Game Commission. Tell them the salamander has a limited range and clear cutting is their greatest threat.
Advisory Committee on Humane Treatment of Wild Animals
The Committee advises the Department on inspection procedures to enforce permit requirements including minimum standards for wild animals in captivity. Next Meeting: April 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1416 9th St., Room 1206, Sacramento.
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: May 1 and 2, Sacramento. Write: California Vet Med. Board. Tell them current law requires rodeo injury reports and their assistance is needed.