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The Gov. finally got the lead out!

By Gary Bogue
Monday, October 15th, 2007 at 8:56 am in Condors.

Common sense prevailed as Gov. Schwarzenegger finally signed AB 821 — which bans the use of lead bullets in endangered California condor ranges in California!

Condors feed on carcasses left behind by hunters and in the process, swallow dangerous amounts of lead from ammunition. This new law will require the use of non-lead ammo in current and potential condor ranges in the state.

It’s a good Monday because there’s even more good news. I just got an e-mail from my friend Eric Mills, coordinator of Action for Animals in Oakland.

Eric says:
“Just got word that Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the charreada bill into law today (Sunday) (AB 1614, introduced by Assemblymember Audra Strickland). Watered down more than it should have been, of course (no thanks to Assemblyman Kevin De Leon), but it is a step in the right direction, and should help a few animals. Enforcement will be key, as with most legislation. Thanks to those who helped with this.” Eric

Eric and Action for Animals are of course sponsors of AB 1614.
This bill lowers the definition of rodeo from four events to three (so that it will apply to small rodeos like charreadas) 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.

My thanks to all of you who helped with these important bills. /Gary

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