By Gary Bogue
Monday, August 27th, 2007 at 7:07 am in Animal protection legislation.
SB 880 would allow the importation of kangaroo skins from Australia.
Eric Mills, coordinator of ACTION FOR ANIMALS in Oakland, sent me the following letter this morning, asking for help in defeating a state Senate bill that would contribute to the killing of thousands of Australian kangaroos. If you care about this, please make a call, send a fax, or send an e-mail protesting SB 880 and asking that it be opposed. Information on how to do this is below:
Calls/faxes/e-mails are needed immediately.
In an unfortunate recent development, Assemblyman Fabian Nunez, Speaker of the state Assembly, has agreed to present SB 880 (Calderon) on the Assembly floor. (The bill has already passed the Senate.) As you know, SB 880 would allow the importation of kangaroo products (hides for soccer cleats, meat for pet food, back scratchers made from kangaroo forearms, coin purses made from kangaroo scrotums, etc. I’m not making this up!).
This bloody and inhumane trade has been banned since 1970, due to the cruelty involved. The adult kangaroos are spotlighted at night, then shot to death. Many will escape wounded, to suffer a lingering death. The joeys (babies) routinely have their heads smashed or stomped. Can you imagine the public outcry if we were to treat America’s national emblem like this? And once the animals are dead and skinned, it will be impossible to tell endangered and threatened species from the would-be “legal” trade. There’s also a concern that even more kangaroos would be killed, for the current “take” in Australia is considerably less than the given “quota.”
As Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Nunez is the 2nd or 3rd most powerful legislator in Sacramento. We need to inundate his offices with calls/letters/e-mails of protest, both in Sacramento and in his Los Angeles home district. He especially needs to hear from his L.A. constituents.
The Assembly floor meets today (Monday, 8/27) at 1 p.m., and the bill could come up then; if not then, probably soon thereafter.
Please make those calls ASAP, and continue to urge your own Assembly member to vote NO on SB 880.
Please disperse this alert to all interested parties.
Many thanks, Eric Mills, coordinator, ACTION FOR ANIMALS
Assemblyman Fabian Nunez, Speaker of the Assembly
e-mail — email@example.com
LOS ANGELES OFFICE
Thanks for caring! /Gary