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Calif. Animal Legislation: Will these new laws affect you?

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 at 7:07 am in Animal Laws, Animal protection legislation.

Black bear. Photo by Flickr user tuchodi used under a Creative Commons License.
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California Animal Legislation as of June 17, 2010, compiled by Paw Pac, California’s Political Action Committee for Animals.

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If you like or dislike any of the following new proposed legislation, write your legislators and the governor and tell them how you feel about it … BEFORE they become laws. /Gary

Two black-tailed deer (Brian Murphy/Walnut Creek, CA)


AB 979 by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill re: Hunting. OPPOSE.
Prohibits any local ordinance that regulates hunting. Hearing: Senate Floor.
Write: Your Senator. Tell him/her AB 979, is another attempt by hunters to prohibit locals from having any power over hunting in their communities.

AB 1437 by Assemblyman Jared Huffman re: Chickens. SUPPORT.
Requires eggs from out of state to meet housing mandates required under Prop 2. Animals must have room to spread their wings. Hearing: Senate Floor.
Write: Your Senator. Tell him/her AB 1437 levels the field for egg producers in California to not have to compete with sub standard out of state producers.

AB 1656 by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma re: Fur Labeling. SUPPORT.
Requires all fur products to declare the species and country of origin. Hearing: Senate Floor. Write: Your Senator. Tell him/her that federal law requires labeling of fur worth over $150. Fur is sold in California under $150, often as trim. AB 1656 closes that loophole.

AB 1980 by Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi re: Rodeos/Veterinary Technicians. SUPPORT.
Requires a veterinary technician representative on the State Veterinary Medical Board.  Strengthens and clarifies existing law requiring veterinarians covering rodeos to report injuries whether they “treat” the animals or not. Hearing: Senate Business & Professions. June 21. Write: Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod. Tell her veterinary technicians deserve a place on the Veterinary Board. Vets covering rodeos are not adequately reporting injuries as required by law. AB 1980 will help to fulfill that legal obligation.

AB 2000 by Assemblyman Curt Hagman re: Rabies.
Allows an annual exemption to the mandatory rabies shot in order to get a dog license if a veterinarian states the rabies shot will compromise the dog’s health. A requirement that the dog must be quarantined has been removed. Hearing: To Senate Health. June 23. Write: Senator Elaine Alquist, Chair. Tell her older and ill animals’ health can be compromised by rabies shots. AB 2000 will help more dogs to be licensed.

AB 2012 by Assemblyman Ted Lieu re: Cruelty Penalties. SUPPORT.
Revises penalties for animal cruelty to make sections consistent that animal abusers can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. Hearing: Senate Public Safety. June 22. Write: Senator Mark Leno. Tell him AB 2012 is a technical and unopposed amendment to clarify existing law on cruelty penalties.

AB 2223 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava re: Lead Shot. SUPPORT.
Prohibits lead shot in designated wildlife areas. Hearing: Senate Natural Resources. Write: Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, Chair. Tell her lead is banned in products to protect the public yet is allowed to poison our wildlife with lead bullets.

AB 2411 by Assemblyman Dave Jones re: Pet Insurance. SUPPORT.
Requires pet insurance companies to provide better consumer information, such as defining   “pre-existing conditions”. Hearing: Senate. Write: Your Senator. Tell him/her many people depend on insurance for medical care of their animals. They need complete consumer information on what is covered.

AB 2689 by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth re: Dog Licenses. SUPPORT.
Allows public and animal control to use e-mail, computers, and faxes to have information on rabies vaccinations which are required for dogs to be licensed.
Hearing: To Governor. Write: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Tell him modern technology should be used to simplify compliance with licensing requirements which helps lost animals get back home.

AB 2743 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava re: De-Clawing/Debarking. SUPPORT.
Prohibits landlords from requiring a cat to be de-clawed or dog to be debarked.
Hearing: Senate Floor. Write: Your Senator. Tell him/her landlords should not mandate the mutilation of animals as a condition for residency.


SB 250 by Senator Dean Florez re: Spay/Neuter. SUPPORT.
Requires dogs/cats to be spayed/neutered with exemptions. SB 250 was introduced in 2009 but failed passage on the Assembly Floor. Hearing: Assembly Floor. Write: Your Assembly Member. Tell him/her that pet overpopulation costs the lives of animals and cities/counties millions of dollars to kill them for lack of space in shelters.

SB 1058 Senator Tom Harman re: Hunting. OPPOSE.
Declares hunting and fishing to be the priority of the Fish & Game Commission in state wildlife management areas and sets up the Big Game Management Account in which the money can only be used to enhance those hunting programs. Hearing: Assembly Appropriations. Write: Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, Chair. Tell him Californians support wildlife protection for their own intrinsic value. While hunting is a priority of only 3% of the population, it should not be 100% of the Commission.

SB 1179 by Senator Dennis Hollingsworth re: Hunting. OPPOSE.
Provides two free hunting days a year. Unlicensed hunters can hunt (guns, bows & arrows) if accompanied by a licensed hunter. Hearing: Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife. June 29. Write: Assemblyman Jared Huffman, Chair. Tell him hunters who have not bothered to attend the Hunter Training class or paid any license fee should not be allowed to hunt.

SB 1345 by Senator Ron Calderon re: Kangaroos. OPPOSE.
Allows the sale of kangaroo products, such as athletic shoes, for an additional 5 years. Existing law allowing it would expire in 2011. From 1973 until 2008, no kangaroo products were allowed here. Hearing: Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife. June 29. Write: Assembly Jared Huffman, Chair. Tell him SB 1345 has nothing to do with conservation or animal protection but only profits for Adidas and the Australian government.

SB 1417 by Senator Dave Cox re: Humane Officers. OPPOSE.
Puts additional requirements on humane societies applying to appoint a humane officer. SB 1417 requires that a humane society be in existence for five years before being able to appoint a humane officer and three years of either having a shelter or an arrangement with a shelter or veterinary clinic to house animals. Hearing: Assembly Judiciary. June 22. Write: Assemblyman Mike Feuer, Chair. Tell him it is unreasonable to mandate a five year wait before humane officers can apply. They are needed more than ever to protect animals as animal control and law enforcement budgets are being cut. They should all work together.

SJR 22 by Dean Florez re: Horses. SUPPORT.
Asks the President/Congress to support legislation to protect horses from slaughter. Hearing: Assembly Agriculture. June 30. Write: Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani. Tell her California has banned horse slaughter but we need a national ban to prevent our California horses from being sent out of state, Canada or Mexico for slaughter.


2010 budget once again “suspends” the Hayden law which requires longer holding periods for strays in shelters. This “unfunded state mandate” has costs cities/counties millions of dollars which the state is no longer willing/able to reimburse. Although it is still on the books, the state will not pay for it and cities/counties are not obliged to adhere to it. Other mandates on holding periods of owner surrendered animals (who shelters are not required to accept), and cooperation with rescue organizations taking animals remain in effect.


Bear Hunting. OPPOSE.
Expands bear hunting by removing the quota on numbers of bears to be killed, starting bear hunting in San Luis Obispo County and expanding it in Lassen and Modoc Counties, allowing use of high-tech devices and “tip switches” on dog collars to signal the hunter when a bear has been treed. It also expands the hound training season. Next Hearing: June 23. 702 Gold Lake Dr, Folsom. Write: Calif Fish & Game Commission. Tell them there is no justification to expand bear hunting or allow high tech devices for unethical hunters. According to law, wildlife “belongs” to all the people of California who want them alive, not just the tiny percentage of trophy hunters. Also, the Fish & Game Code requires the Commission to “consider the welfare of individual animals” which the Commission has ignored.

Turtle and Frog Importation Ban. SUPPORT. Passed.
Prohibits permits for turtles and frogs for live animal markets. Write: Calif Fish & Game Commission. Thank them for this long awaited and overdue ban.

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2 Responses to “Calif. Animal Legislation: Will these new laws affect you?”

  1. Angie Says:

    I oppose SB1417 (although I doubt it will make a difference either way) because most of the “humane” officers working out of most of the “humane” societies and “SPCA’s” are like Gestapo agents because they are working for the Gestapo. I’ve been in rescue work for almost 40 years, I battled with a “humane” society over their cruelty to animals in another county before I moved to this county and found out our “humane” society is just as cruel. And they don’t go after major offenders, they go after mostly little old ladies who rescue and have some assets and are soft targets, and they take their money and property – It happens again and again. And they can falsify information about the cases and get away with it. I guess I don’t see there being a chance for change unless the people in charge change their hearts. Good luck with that!!

  2. Angie Says:

    I meant to say that I support SB1417 for the reasons stated before. However, again I don’t see it making a difference any way.

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