2009 California Animal legislation as of March 29, 2009
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AB 233 by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth re: Pet Adoption. SUPPORT.
Allows deduction of pet adoption fees up to $300 on state income taxes when adopted from shelters and rescue groups. To Be Heard: Assembly Revenue & Taxation. Assemblyman Charles Calderon, Chair. April 20. Write: Tell the legislators that encouraging spay/neuter will save cities/counties in animal control costs and will save countless animal lives.
AB 241 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava re: Dog and Cat Breeders. SUPPORT.
Limits the number of intact dogs and cats to a total of 50 and allows the inspection of records by law enforcement officers and to take possession of animals in violation. To Be Heard: Assembly Public Safety. Assemblyman Jose Solorio, Chair. April 14. If passed, then to Assembly Business & Professions. Write: Tell the legislators that cat and puppy mills are a source of pet overpopulation and cause suffering to animals who are commonly overcrowded and overbred.
AB 242 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava re: Dog Fighting. SUPPORT.
Increases the penalty for spectators at dog fights from a misdemeanor to a felony and mandates both imprisonment up to four years and a fine of up to $50,000. To Be Heard: Assembly Public Safety. Assemblyman Jose Solorio, Chair. April 14. Write: Tell the legislators that spectators are participants contributing to the illegality and cruelty of dog fighting.
AB 490 by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth re: Pet Stores.
Amends existing law on the killing of rodents and rabbits used as food for other animals by requiring pet store operators/employees to be trained by a veterinarian in methods approved by the 2007 Veterinary Medical Assn. Guidelines. Defines “pet store” as any establishment selling animals with the exception of those sold for agriculture. To Be Heard: Assembly Business & Professions. Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, Chair. March 31. If passed, then to Assembly Agriculture.
AB 708 by Assemblyman Jared Huffman re: Poaching.
Establishes minimum and as yet unspecified maximum fines for poaching animals valued in excess of $400. To Be Heard: Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife. Assemblyman Jared Huffman, Chair. April 14.
AB 979 by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill re: Hunting/Fishing. OPPOSE.
Declares that the Fish & Game Commission and the Department are the only ones who can regulate hunting/fishing thereby negating and prohibiting any local ordinance. To Be Heard: Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife. Assemblyman Jared Huffman, Chair. Write: Tell the legislators that cities/counties should maintain the right to oversee activities under their jurisdiction and that AB 979 is a re-introduction of AB 815 which was defeated.
AB 1122 by Assemblyman Ted Lieu re: Animal Sales. SUPPORT.
Prohibits the sale of animals on any street, highway, parking lot, flea market, swap meet, or carnival. First violation is an infraction fine of $250. Second violation or if the first violation places the animal in endangerment of injury, suffering or death is a misdemeanor with a fine up to $1000. Exempts agricultural animals and humane organizations who are 501c(3). To Be Heard: Assembly Business & Professions. Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, Chair. Write: Tell the legislators that many of these animals, particularly puppies, are smuggled in from Mexico and are commonly subjected to harsh and unhealthy conditions. Animals are living beings, not flea market fodder.
AB 1224 by Assemblyman Mike Eng re: Hit and Run of Animals. SUPPORT.
Expresses intent of Legislature to enact a law that fines people who hit an animal, pet, or livestock and leave without trying to contact the owner or local authorities or render aid. To Be Heard: Assembly Transportation. Assemblyman Mike Eng, Chair. March 31. Write: Tell the legislators that many animals are injured, not dead, and could be saved if quick action is taken or their suffering ended by euthanasia. We don’t allow hit & run if a driver hits another car or fence post. It should not be allowed to happen to animals. Ask the author and committee to include wildlife, particularly deer, who are traffic hazards.
AB 1254 by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill re: Hunting.
Requires the hunter training course to be a minimum of 16 hours in order to qualify for a hunting license. Currently, the law is silent on the number of hours. To Be Heard: Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife. Assemblyman Jared Huffman, Chair.
AB 1423 by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill re: Hunting Clubs. OPPOSE.
Provides exemptions for those who have to have commercial hunting club licenses such as anyone who charges a fee less than $200 per entrant. Current law is $50. To Be Heard: Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife. Assemblyman Jared Huffman, Chair. Write: Tell the legislators that the Fish & Game Department is in desperate need of wardens and funds. Money and enforcement should not be lost because hunters want more clubs and more access to private property.
AB 1437 by Assemblyman Jared Huffman re: Hens. SUPPORT.
Would prohibit importation of eggs if they come from hens confined on a farm not in compliance with animal care standards set in Proposition 2 (hens must be able to spread their wings). Goes into effect in 2015 as does Prop 2. To Be Heard: Assembly Agriculture. Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, Chair. Write: Tell the legislators that AB 1437 protects public health, animals, and California farmers who will have to compete with out of state sub-standard farms.
AB 1442 by Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee re: Wildlife.
An omnibus bill on oil spills, commemorative hunting licenses, Canine (K9) Program, fishing, disease outbreaks, aquaculture. To Be Heard: Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife. Assemblyman Jared Huffman, Chair.
ACA 11 by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill re: Hunting. OPPOSE.
Would amend the Constitution to declare the right to hunt. To Be Heard: Not yet assigned to committee.
SB 135 by Senator Dean Florez re: Tail Docking of Cattle. SUPPORT.
Amends existing law prohibiting tail docking of horses to include cattle, such as dairy cows. To Be Heard: Senate Agriculture. Senator Dean Florez, Chair. April 21. Write: Tell the legislators that tail docking is painful and unnecessary. Cows need their tails to protect them from flies and use their tails for communication.
SB 250 by Senator Dean Florez re: Spay/Neuter.
Requires owners/custodians of dogs to spay/neuter them unless they have an unaltered dog license. Prohibits anyone who owns/keeps/harbors unspayed/unneutered cats six months or older from “remaining” outdoors which would include feral cats, most of whom have no “certificate of sterility” but commonly have notched ears. Citations may be imposed only if the owner/custodian is currently cited for another violation such as roaming free (as feral cats do), violating laws on dog licensing, leashing, tethering, noise, cruelty, business licenses/state tax ID number, etc. To be amended to address feral cat concerns. To Be Heard: Senate Local Government. Senator Pat Wiggins, Chair. April 1 or 15.
SB 254 by Senator Pat Wiggins re: Horse Racing. SUPPORT.
Prohibits anyone from being a dual agent representing both seller and buyer without the knowledge of both and from receiving more than $500 in compensation. To Be Heard: Senate Governmental Organization. Senator Rod Wright, Chair. April 28. Write: Tell the legislators that not only are sellers/buyers victims from double dealing, but more importantly, horses are victimized by being sold/overpriced for races they can’t win resulting in being overworked/injured in order to recoup buyers’ unwise investments.
SB 318 by Senator Ron Calderon re: Dogfighting Forfeitures. SUPPORT.
Authorizes the forfeiture of assets acquired by dogfighting participants, organizers, trainers, breeders, transporters, property owners who knowingly allow their premises to be used, and those who steal and illegally obtain dogs and other animals including those used as bait and for sparring. To Be Heard: Senate Public Safety. Senator Mark Leno, Chair. April 21. Write: Tell the legislators that forfeitures for drug dealing are successful. It is also good that SB 318 includes those who steal dogs for fighting, training, and for bait.
SB 416 by Senator Dean Florez re: Antibiotics. SUPPORT.
Prohibits schools from serving poultry and meat products treated with antibiotics starting 2012. Prohibits antibiotics for non-therapeutic purposes starting 2015. To Be Heard: Senate Agriculture. Senator Dean Florez, Chair. April 21. If passed, then to Senate Education. Write: Tell the legislators that antibiotics in animals for non-therapeutic purposes are overused, abused, and lessen children’s abilities to fight illnesses.
SB 428 by Senator Christine Kehoe re: Seals. SUPPORT.
Declares a beach park in San Diego to also be a marine mammal park, thus allowing seals to use the beach. They were in danger of being evicted. To Be Heard: Senate Natural Resources. Senator Fran Pavley, Chair. April 14 or 28. Write: Tell the legislators the seals need the beach and the public needs them. The seals provide education and enjoyment and people want to protect them and their habitat.
SB 448 by Senator Fran Pavley re: Safe Harbor Program. SUPPORT.
Establishes a program to encourage landowners to conserve/manage their land to benefit endangered, threatened, and candidate wildlife species and not be subject to additional regulations as a result of their conservation efforts. To Be Heard: Senate Natural Resources. Senator Fran Pavley, Chair. April 14 or 28. Write: Tell the legislators that it is refreshing to see an effort to encourage landowners to protect animals and not just open up land for hunting. Endangered, threatened, and candidate species depend on private land for habitat.
SB 481 by Senator Dave Cox re: Airport Wildlife. OPPOSE.
Exempts public airports who “take” (harass, haze, remove, kill) wildlife for public safety from violating state wildlife laws. This could include killing endangered/threatened species. To Be Heard: Senate Natural Resources. Senator Fran Pavley, Chair. April 14 or 28. Write: Tell the legislators that airports already successfully use hazing to scare birds away. SB 481 would not necessarily have prevented the plane accident near the Hudson River.
SB 536 by Senator Dennis Hollingsworth re: Hunting Clubs. OPPOSE.
Repeals current law governing commercial hunting clubs. To Be Heard: Senate Natural Resources. Senator Fran Pavley, Chair. April 14 or 28. Write: Tell the legislators that SB 536 is an attempt to deregulate hunting clubs and open up more private property without any Fish & Game oversight, regulation, or fees.
SB 609 by Senator Dennis Hollingsworth re: Crocodiles/Alligators. OPPOSE.
Repeals existing law going into effect in 2010 that prohibits the selling and importation of crocodile and alligator products for commercial purposes. To Be Heard: Senate Natural Resources. Senator Fran Pavley, Chair. April 14 or 28. Write: Tell the legislators that SB 609 is an effort to repeal a law that hasn’t even gone into effect yet (2011). It is a bill for the skin trade and has nothing to do with conservation.
SB 709 by Senator Dennis Hollingsworth re: Poaching.
Amends, as yet unspecified, the law prohibiting the illegal killing of wildlife which declares that possession of the animals or hunting/fishing equipment is “prima facie” evidence that a crime was committed. To Be Heard: Senate Natural Resources. Senator Fran Pavley, Chair. April 14 or 28.
SB 753 by Senator Gilbert Cedillo re: Kangaroos. OPPOSE.
Repeals the existing provision, passed in 2007, that allowing the importation of kangaroo products would be allowed only until 2011 and would not be allowed if Fish & Game did not receive a report from Australia that the quota was not increased. To Be Heard: Senate Natural Resources. Senator Fran Pavley, Chair. April 14 or 28. Write: Tell the legislators that SB 753 is a blatant attempt to undo a law only passed recently with a minimum of safeguards to prevent an increased slaughter of kangaroos.
SB 762 by Senator Sam Aanestad re: De-Clawing. OPPOSE.
Prohibits any city or county from passing any ordinance that affects the “healing arts” professions, such as veterinarians, that are regulated by the Department of Consumer Affairs. To Be Heard: Senate Business & Professions. Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod, Chair. Write: Tell the legislators that SB 752 is a dangerous precedent removing power to locals to pass stronger laws than the state. It is doubtful the state legislature would support any federal legislation removing states’ ability to enact laws stronger than the feds. It is an attempt by the Calif. Veterinary Medical Assn. to prohibit any de-clawing bans such as that passed in West Hollywood. It is a blatant and unwarranted power grab.