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

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 7:05 am in Animal Laws, Animal protection legislation.

Black bear photo by Flickr user emples used under a Creative Commons License
Black Bear at the Sioux Narrows Dump

California Animal Legislation as of July 26, 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

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 a power grab by hunters to prohibit locals from having any authority over hunting in their communities.

** 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 1675 by Assemblyman Curt Hagman re: Trespassing.
Makes it a misdemeanor to trespass at a zoo or aquarium. It is sponsored by SF Zoo after a man entered the bear grotto. “Zoo” is defined as any enclosure of living animals for display. Hearing: Senate Appropriations. August 9.

** 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 Appropriations. August 2. Write: Senator Christine Kehoe. 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. Support.
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 Appropriations. August 2. Write: Senator Christine Kehoe, 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 Floor. Write: Your Senator. Tell him/her AB 2012 is a technical and unopposed amendment to clarify existing law on cruelty penalties.

** 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 Appropriations. August 2. Write: Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair. Tell 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 declawed 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.

Golden retriever puppy (AKC)
golden ret.

** 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 Appropriations. Write: Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, 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 Floor. Write: Your Assembly Member. Tell him/her SB 1345 has nothing to do with conservation or animal protection but only profits for athletic shoe makers, specifically, Adidas.

** 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 one year 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 Appropriations. Write: Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, Chair. Tell him it is unreasonable to mandate a year’s wait or an agreement of three years to reserve space 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 Floor. Write: Your Assembly Member. Tell him/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.

** AB 1437 by Assemblyman Jared Huffman re: Chickens. Support.
Requires eggs from out of state to meet housing mandates required under Prop 2. Chickens must have room to spread their wings.

** SB 1277 by Senator Dean Florez re: Animal Abuse Registration. Support.
Would have required those convicted of felony animal abuse to register with local authorities with the information available to the public.

** AB 2223 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava re: Lead Shot. Support.
Would have prohibited lead shot for hunting in state wildlife areas.

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** Bear Hunting. Oppose. Postponed.
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. Write: Calif Fish & Game Commission. Tell them there is no justification to expand bear hunting or allow high tech devices for lazy 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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One Response to “Calif. Animal Legislation: Will these new laws affect you?”

  1. Nadja Says:

    Opposing hunters and hunting is something practiced only by “animal lovers” who have no experience with actual wild animals in the field.

    The reality is that the greatest support for protecting habitat and for habitat restoration hasn’t come from PETA, HSUS, or other groups that “love animals” – but from hunters and their organizations, including Ducks Unlimited.

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