Here’s the status of 2008 California Animal Legislation as of Sept. 18.
If you like, or dislike any of these laws, write your legislators and the Governor and tell them how you feel about it. The address for legislators and Governor: State Capitol Bldg., Sacramento, CA 95814; 916-322-9900
BILLS BEING WORKED ON:
AB 815 by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill re: Hunting/Fishing. Oppose.
Prohibits any city/county from enacting an ordinance that affects hunting or fishing. AB 815 was successfully amended to exempt trapping ordinances. Status: Passed to Governor. Write: Governor Scharzenegger. Tell him local governments should have the right to control hunting/fishing in their own communities to protect wildlife and public safety.
AB 2132 by Assemblyman Guy Houston re: Hunting Dogs.
Prohibits removal of radio transmitting collars from hunting dogs and allows hunters to charge violators for any lost breeding revenues. A section mandating the Fish & Game Commission to consider allowing hunting dogs for deer archers was removed. Status: Passed to Governor.
AB 2233 by Assemblyman Bill Maze re: Dogs in Cars.
Prohibits having a dog, or any animal, in your lap or arms while driving. Status: Passed to Governor.
AB 2291 by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza re: Spay/Neuter. Support.
Adds a check off on state income tax forms to finance low cost spay/neuter programs. Status: Passed to Governor. Write: Governor Schwarzenegger. Tell him pet overpopulation costs cities/counties millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives.
AB 2296 by Assemblyman Gene Mullin re: Animal Research.
Makes it a misdemeanor to trespass on the residential property of an animal researcher or publishing his/her home address with the purpose of “chilling or interfering with the researcher’s academic freedom.” Status: Passed to Governor.
AB 2427 by Assemblyman Mike Eng re: De-Clawing. Oppose.
Prohibits any city/county from prohibiting anyone “engaging in any act that falls within the regulatory definition of that business.” Status: Passed to Governor. Write: Governor Schwarzenegger. Tell him AB 2427 is an attempt by a special interest (Calif. Veterinary Medical Assn.) who opposes any local prohibition on de-clawing cats, such as the ordinance passed in West Hollywood. Special interests, including vets, who have influence on the state level, want to control local governments.
AB 2785 by Assemblyman Ira Ruskin re: Wildlife Corridors. Support.
Requires the Wildlife Conservation Board to designate and protect wildlife corridors. Status: Passed to Governor. Write: Governor Schwarzenegger. Tell him wildlife cannot exist without access to corridors to prevent isolation, inbreeding, and endangerment.
AB 2911 by Assemblywoman Lois Wolk re: Oil Spills. Support.
Among many provisions, strengthens protection against oil spills and provides for the better use of volunteers to rehabilitate wildlife. Status: Passed to Governor. Write: Governor Schwarzenegger. Tell him wildlife rescue and rehabilitation is dependent on the volunteers to act quickly in emergencies.
BILLS THAT HAVE PASSED:
AB 2098 by Assemblyman Paul Krekorian re: Downed Animals. Support.
Strengthens existing law prohibiting auctions and state inspected slaughterhouses from receiving or dragging downed animals.
AB 2949 by Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier re: Abandonment. Support.
Requires property owners such as banks and real estate agencies to notify animal control when they find abandoned animals.
AJR (Assembly Joint Resolution) 41 by Assemblyman Ted Lieu re: Polar Bears/Penguins. Support.
Asks US Fish & Wildlife Service to extend the Endangered Species Act to cover penguins and polar bears, both suffering from global warming.
AJR 49 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava re: Whales. Support.
Asks California Fish & Game Commission to declare gray whales endangered and asks US Fish & Wildlife Service to survey habitats and threats.
AJR 51 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava re: Off Shore Oil Drilling. Support.
Asks Congress not to lift the ban on offshore oil drilling.
AJR 62 by Assemblyman Mark Leno re: Sea Turtles. Support.
Asks the National Marine Fisheries Service to deny “shallow set longline” swordfish permits off the California coast which have been prohibited since 1977.
SB 685 by Senator Leland Yee re: Pet Trusts. Support.
Strengthens pet trusts for animals in wills to provide for their lifetime care and provides oversight of the money.
SCR 118 by Senator Abel Maldonado re: Sea Otters. Support.
Declares the last week of September to be Sea Otter Awareness Week.
STATE VETERINARY MEDICAL BOARD re: Spay/Neuter. Support.
Will create special license plates with proceeds to fund low cost spay/neuter programs.
BILLS FAILED OR DROPPED:
AB 1634 by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine re: Spay/Neuter. Support.
Would have required dogs/cats to be spayed/neutered after numerous impoundments.
AB 1938 by Assemblyman George Plescia re: Spay/Neuter. Support.
Would have allowed credit on state income tax for spay/neuter costs of dogs and cats.
AB 1969 by Assemblyman George Plescia re: Police Dogs /Horses. Support.
Would have increased penalties for harming/killing police dogs/ horses.
AB 2253 by Assemblyman Alberto Torrico re: Poultry. Support.
Would have required California Dept. of Food and Agriculture to establish criteria for use of the term “California Certified Free Range” for poultry (chickens, turkeys, etc.).
AB 2281 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava re: Dog Fighting. Support.
Would have strengthened existing penalty for attending a dog fight to a felony.
AB 2602 by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth re: Hunting. Support.
Would have declared the Legislature’s intention to prohibit public schools from supporting hunting/trapping of wildlife.
AJR 103 by Assemblyman George Plescia re: Dogs. Support.
Would have declared June 20 as “Take Your Dog to Work Day.”
SB 200 by Senator Dean Florez re: Slaughterhouses. Support.
Would have required video cameras to monitor handling of animals in stockyards.
SB 908 by Senator Joe Simitian re: Global Warming. Support.
Would have required environmental education to include climate change. Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed SB 908.
SB 1121 by Senator Carole Migden re: Cloned Animals. Support.
Would have required animal products from cloned animals to be labeled.
SB 1205 by Senator Sam Aanestad re: Veterinarians. Oppose.
Would have weakened the power of the Veterinary Medical Board to discipline veterinarians and weaken the Registered Vet Tech Committee.
SB 1773 by Senator Ellen Corbett re: Pet Food. Support.
Would have required pet food companies to have Web site addresses on their labels that include the countries of origin of the ingredients.
SB 1775 by Ron Calderon Re: Dog Fighting. Support.
Would have allowed the forfeiture of property of anyone guilty of dog fighting.
FOR COPIES OF BILLS: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov
THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN COMPILED BY: Virginia Handley, 415-474-4021
Paw PAC, PO Box 475012, San Francisco, CA 94147, 415-646-0622. See 2007 Voting Chart and 2008 endorsements at http://www.pawpac.org