By Gary Bogue
Monday, June 4th, 2007 at 9:57 am in Animal protection legislation.
On-call vets to treat injured animals at rodeos
I just received this letter from my friend Eric Mills of ACTION FOR ANIMALS, who is the sponsor of AB 1614. Eric has been working hard for ages to try and make sure veterinarians are always present or on-call at rodeos so they can treat the animals that are frequently injured at such events. He has done a good job on this legislation, but needs to get one more little bill passed (AB 1614) so that charreadas (Mexican-style rodeos) will also be included in the veterinarian requirement.
Here’s what Eric has to say on the matter. He also asks for some letter writing support at the end of his letter. If you care about the welfare of animals, please take a few moments to write one of those letters. It will REALLY help! Thanks. /Gary
Dear animal person:
Anyone concerned about the welfare of animals used in rodeos and charreadas (Mexican-style rodeos) will be pleased to learn that Assembly Bill 1614 recently passed the Assembly floor by a 60:7 vote. If signed into law, the bill would amend state rodeo law (Penal Code 596.7) so as to include charreadas, now exempt by definition. The main purpose of the law is to provide for an “on call” veterinarian to treat injured animals. Seems little to ask, no?
This humane legislation, introduced by Assemblywoman Audra Strickland (R-Moorpark), is co-authored by Assembly members Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys), Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Joe Coto (D-San Jose). Mr. Coto is also chair of the 26-member Latino Caucus.
It is rare in Sacramento politics for an animal welfare bill to enjoy such bipartisan support. In the 5/24 floor vote, with one abstention, all members of the Latino Caucus voted in favor of the bill, as did the majority of the Republican Caucus. Heartfelt thanks to them all. As the late Cesar Chavez wrote to me on 12/26/90, “Kindness and compassion toward all living things is a mark of a civilized society.” Words to live by.
AB 1614 now goes to the Senate, and people are urged to write their own State Senator in support of the bill. All state legislators may be written c/o The State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Eric Mills, coordinator, ACTION FOR ANIMALS, and sponsor of AB 1614