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Roundup of new California animal laws for 2007

By Gary Bogue
Friday, October 19th, 2007 at 7:37 am in Animal protection legislation.

These new animal laws were passed, or vetoed, or may have another shot in 2008.

The Legislature has adjourned until January 2008. The next Legislative meeting is November 12, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 113, Capitol Bldg., Sacramento. Agenda: 2007 Bills and 2008 Possible Legislation. All animal advocates are welcome.

** 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 put into AB 1729.

** 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.

** AB 821 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava re: Hunting with Lead Shot. Support.
Enacts the Condor Preservation Act to prohibit lead shot within current and historical condor habitat when hunting big game and coyotes.

** AB 1347 by Assemblywoman Anna Caballero re: Pet Shops.
Sets some minimum standards for pet shops on space, vet care, and euthanasia. Sponsored by the pet industry, it provides warnings before infractions can be issued.

** AB 1614 by Assemblywoman Audra Stickland re: Rodeos. Support.
Lowers the definition of rodeo from four events to three to cover Mexican style “charreadas.” Requires a vet, or vet on call, to treat animal injuries, report injuries to the Vet Med. Bd., provide a conveyance for injured animals, and bans electric prods.

** AB 1729 by Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife re: Wildlife.
An omnibus bill amending the Fish and Game Code. Successfully amended to remove sections that would have allowed fur trapping of red fox, pigeon shoots, bounties, and removing a holding period for captured exotic animals. It exempts people trapping gophers, moles, mice, rats and voles from having to get Fish and Game trapping licenses.

** SB 77 re: California Budget.
$1,495,000 (reduced from $10 million, to $3 million, then reduced by half by the Governor) to pay for warden overtime pay. It will not be spent on hiring additional badly needed wardens.
An as yet undetermined amount will be spent ($121 million as of 2006) to reimburse cities and counties for state mandated costs associated with SB 1785 (1997) requiring additional holding times and vet care in animal control shelters.

** 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.

** SB 880 by Senator Ron Calderon re: Kangaroos. Oppose.
Sponsored by Adidas, 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.

** SCR 9 by Senator Darrell Steinberg re: Spay Day 2007. Support.
Declares February 27, 2007 as Spay Day 2007 to encourage spaying and neutering of dogs and cats and the participation of veterinarians to help shelters and rescue groups. Spay Day resolutions are passed every year.

** Assemblywoman Patty Berg Resolution re: Marjorie Davis. Support.
Honors Marjorie Davis of Fawn Rescue for her decades of work rehabilitating fawns.

** Fish and Game Commission re: Judd Hanna. Oppose.
Commissioner Judd Hanna, recently appointed to the Commission, resigned under pressure from the Schwarzenegger administration, 34 Republican legislators, and the gun/hunting lobby because of his advocacy to ban lead shot.

** AB 449 by Assemblywoman Audra Strickland re: Trapping.
Would have required licensed trappers to follow Appendix 2 of the American Veterinary Medical Assn. guidelines if animals are killed. Allows gunshot only if other methods are not available.

** AB 828 by Assemblyman Ira Ruskin re: Wildlife Corridors. Support.
Would have required 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.

** AB 1477 by Assemblywoman Nell Soto re: Trapping. Support.
Would have required licensed trappers 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.

** SB 63 by Senator Carole Migden re: Cloned Farm Animals. Support.
Would have required labeling of cloned farm animal products.

The following bills failed to get enough votes or did not go to a vote because they were withdrawn by the legislator. They can be brought up again in 2008.

** AB 64 by Assemblywoman Patty Berg re: Emergencies. Support.
Allows licensed vets and vet techs from out of state to practice here 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 was amended to an unrelated subject.

** AB 576 by Assemblywoman Wilmer Carter re: State Park/Dairy Farm. Support.
Prohibits a 16,000 cow dairy farm from being built next to the Allensworth State Park.

** AB 667 by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth re: Police Dogs and Horses. Support.
Increases the penalty for injuring a police horse or police dog.

** 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.

** 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.

** SB 863 by Senator Leland Yee re: Horse Racing.
Prohibits more than three of the seven member Horse Racing Board to be owners of race horses. Requires Board to pass regulations on conflicts of interest and ethics.

** “California Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act”. Mandates pregnant pigs, veal calves, and egg laying birds (chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, guinea fowl) have room to stand up, turn around, lie down and extend their limbs. Does not include dairy calves who replace dairy cows. 600,000 signatures must be gathered from October 2007 through February 2008. Info:

** “California Farm Animal Protection Act” (07-0058). Put in by the agriculture industry to counteract the Calif. Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act. Mandates compliance with industry standards.

** Sponsored by Pet PAC (not Paw PAC) (07-0056, 07-0057, 07-0059, 07-0060, 07-0062, 07-0063) have been submitted to prevent any future legislation to require spay/neuter or micro-chipping. These initiatives are an opposition response to AB 1634.


Virginia Handley, Paw PAC, P.O. Box 475012, San Francisco, CA 94147, 415-646-0622;

See the Paw PAC website for the 2006 Voting Chart. The 2007 Voting Chart is currently being compiled.

Let’s hear a big round of applause for Virginia Handley for pulling this information all together so we can see what’s going in. /Gary

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