Here’s everything you always wanted to know about new animal laws, and more!
2007 California Animal Legislation Update
Many thanks to Virginia Handley & PawPAC for pulling all this together! /Gary
Address for legislators and Governor: State Capitol Bldg., Sacramento, California 94814
Phone Directory: 916-322-9900.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: 916-445-2841.
** The Legislature has adjourned until January, 2008.
** Bills on the Governor’s desk must be signed by October 14.
BILLS ON THE GOVERNOR’S DESK
AB 449 by Assemblywoman Audra Strickland re: Trapping.
Requires trappers who trap animals for a fee to follow the American Veterinary Medical Assn. guidelines if animals are killed. Trapped animals should be released and if it isn’t possible they should be killed humanely. AB 449 should have required gunshot (as recommended in Humane Society of the US Field Euthanasia Manual and Society of Mammalogists and required under the Fish and Game trapping regulations) when legal as the preferred method. Gunshot is more humane than transporting frightened animals to be killed later by slower and questionable methods that suffocate them such as Carbon Dioxide.
** THIS ONE IS VERY IMPORTANT!! /Gary **
AB 821 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava re: Hunting with Lead Shot. Support.
Enacts the Condor Preservation Act to prohibit lead shot within condor habitat when hunting big game and coyotes. Write: Governor Schwarzenegger. Tell him condors cannot survive against lead shot. It is banned for waterfowl hunting and should be banned for all hunting.
AB 828 by Assemblyman Ira Ruskin re: Wildlife Corridors. Support.
Requires the Wildlife Conservation Board to determine what areas are most essential as wildlife corridors and utilize the California Comprehensive Wildlife Action Plan to protect those corridors. Write: Governor Schwarzenegger. Tell him wildlife corridors are essential to allow migrations and prevent isolated populations.
AB 1477 by Assemblywoman Nell Soto re: Trapping. Support.
Requires trappers who trap animals for a fee (such as raccoons, opossums, coyotes, etc.) to have continuing education courses, release non-target animals, take injured/sick non target animals to a vet, animal control, or wildlife rehabilitation facility, and inform their clients of non lethal control options. Write: Governor Schwarzenegger. Tell him non target animals should be immediately released and trappers should have continuing education. Non lethal methods to avoid wildlife conflicts are best for everybody. See AB 499.
AB 1614 by Assemblywoman Audra Stickland re: Rodeos. Support.
Lowers the definition of rodeo from four events to three in order to cover all rodeos under existing law requiring a veterinarian, or a vet on call, to treat injuries to animals and report those injuries to the Veterinary Medical Board. AB 1614 also requires a conveyance for injured animals so they are not dragged and bans electric prods. Write: Governor Schwarzenegger. Tell him all rodeos should be regulated equally and all the animals deserve equal protection and veterinary care.
SB 353 by Senator Sheila Kuehl re: Restraint Orders. Support.
Authorizes the court to add animals to restraint orders to protect them from possible harm from domestic abuse. Write: Governor Schwarzenegger. Tell him animals, like other family members, are victims of revenge and abuse.
SB 880 by Senator Ron Calderon re: Kangaroos. Oppose.
Removes the protection, since 1970, of kangaroos by allowing the importation of their skins (used for athletic shoes) and meat (possibly pet and/or livestock food) into California as long as the kill quota is not raised in Australia. Call or Write: Governor Schwarzenegger (916-445-2841) SB 880 is on his phone machine for support/opposition. Kangaroos need California’s continued protection from cruel killing and the danger of killing endangered kangaroos. Since the killing never meets the quota, hundreds of thousands more kangaroos can be killed for the California market. Sponsored by Adidas, they have spent over $435,000, thus far, to pass SB 880.
FARM ANIMAL INITIATIVE
Sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States titled the “California Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act.” Mandates that pregnant pigs, veal calf crates (there are none in Calif.), and birds laying eggs (chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese and guinea fowl) have room to stand up, turn around, lie down and extend their limbs. Does not include dairy calves (many thousands are raised in crates) who replace dairy cows. 600,000 signatures must be gathered from October 2007 through February 2008.
Meetings: Oct. 1, Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin Perkins Rd., Sacramento, 7 to 10 p.m.; Oct. 2, San Francisco SPCA, 2500 – 16th St., San Francisco, 7 to 10 p.m.; Oct. 4, LA Animal Services, 14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, 7 to 10 p.m.; Oct. 5, Health Services Complex, 3851 Rosencrans St., San Diego, 7 to 10 p.m.
CALIFORNIA FISH & GAME COMMISSION
1416 – 9th St. Sacramento, CA 95814
Hunting Regulations re: Lead Shot Ban. Support.
Fish and Game is considering a ban on the use of lead shot within condor habitat. Hearing: October 11, 10 a.m., Crown Plaza, 75 John Glenn Dr., Concord. Tell them lead shot should be banned in the entire state as all wildlife suffers and dies from it.
Fish and Game Commissioner Judd Hanna
Commissioner Judd Hanna, recently appointed to the Commission, has resigned under pressure from the Schwarzenegger administration, 34 Republican legislators, and the gun/hunting lobby because of his advocacy to ban lead shot. Write: Governor Schwarzenneger and the Commission. Ask the Governor not to accept Hanna’s resignation and ask the Commission to defend their fellow Commissioner who was doing his job in protecting wildlife from lead shot.
CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR BOARD
1600 Exposition Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95815
California State Fair
Two rampaging bulls at the Sacramento State Fair seriously injured a policewoman and terrorized children when the bulls escaped their enclosure where they awaited their “Dancing With Bulls” event. Events like this and “cowboy poker,” “mutton busting,” and “teeter-totter” endanger both animals and the public. Hearing: September 28. Tell them these events should be banned and the stock contractors who provide these events should not be hired again.
AB 222 by Assemblyman Bill Emmerson re: Undomesticated Burros.
Authorizes the capture, removal, and relocation of undomesticated burros if the burros are at risk of injury from traffic or insufficient habitat. Allows euthanasia if injured.
AB 450 by Assemblywoman Audra Strickland re: Wildlife in Captivity.
Delays the already passed deadline of 2007 to 2009 for the Fish and Game Dept. to implement a new inspection program for wild animal facilities. Veterinarians paid by the permittees sign off on inspections, a conflict of interest. AB 450 was incorporated into AB 1729.
AB 667 by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth re: Police Dogs and Horses. Support.
Increases the penalty for injuring a police horse or police dog.
AB 670 by Assemblyman Tod Spitzer re: Dog Bites.
Requires an owner whose dog bites (broken the skin) anyone to provide info (name, address, etc.) to the person bitten.
SB 77 re: California Budget
$1,495,000 (reduced from $10 million, to $3 million, then reduced by the Governor to $1,495,000) to pay for warden overtime. It will not be spent on hiring additional wardens, or on the Warden Academy to train new wardens. California Fish and Game wardens are understaffed, underpaid and overworked yet have jobs equally, if not more, dangerous than other law enforcement agencies. Our wildlife depends on our dedicated wardens.
The following bills failed to get enough votes or did not go to a vote because they were withdrawn by the legislator because there were problems. They can be brought up again in 2008, probably with amendments.
AB 64 by Assemblywoman Patty Berg re: Emergencies. Support.
Allows licensed veterinarians and vet techs from out of state to practice in California during disasters.
AB 564 by Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally re: Pigs. Support.
Prohibits pregnant pigs from being confined in gestation crates where they cannot turn around or extend their limbs. AB 564 has been amended to an unrelated subject.
AB 777 by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine re: Elephants. Support.
Prohibits bullhooks and chaining. Mandates enrichments, soft flooring, pools and exercise if capital funds are expended. Enrichments should be mandated independent of capital fund expenditures. A last minute amendment, not accepted by the committee, would have limited the bill to prohibit bullhooks.
AB 815 by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill re: Hunting/Fishing. Oppose.
Prohibits any city/county from enacting an ordinance that affects hunting or fishing.
AB 912 by Assemblywoman Nicole Parra re: Hunting. Oppose.
Creates a mentored hunting program that allows anyone to hunt without a license for a year if accompanied by qualified mentor.
AB 939 by Assemblywoman Nell Soto re: Teachers. Support.
Prohibits hiring of teachers convicted of cruelty to animals. AB 939 was amended to an unrelated subject.
AB 1100 by Assemblyman Ira Ruskin re: Cloned Farm Animals. Support.
Requires labeling of cloned farm animal products unless preempted by federal law.
AB 1016 by Assemblyman George Plecia re: Race Horses. Oppose.
Allows boarding/training facilities to sell losing race horses with unpaid bills without going through the court.
AB 1634 by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine re: Spay/Neuter. Support.
Requires six month old dogs/cats to be spayed/neutered. Exempts show and hunting dogs, research, law enforcement, search/rescue, service dogs, dogs/cats too old or sick. Breeders have to have permits, but allows one dog litter for one year. A last minute amendment, which was not accepted by the committee, would have limited the bill to “problem dogs.”
SB 863 by Senator Leland Yee re: Horse Racing.
Prohibits more than three members (currently five out of seven) of the Horse Racing Board to be owners of race horses. Requires Board to pass regulations on conflicts of interest and ethics.
** For copies of bills: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov
** To find your legislators: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html
** To be added to this alert: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Include name, street address, phone number, and organization affiliation, if applicable.
** The above list was compiled by Virginia Handley 510-222-2236.
Paw PAC, P.O. Box 475012, San Francisco, CA 94147.
See the Web site for the 2006 Voting Chart. The 2007 Voting Chart is currently being compiled.