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California 2019 Legislative Update—April 22

Dear Fellow Advocates,

The California legislative high speed rail is moving forward!  A number of bills only took shape shortly before the legislature's recess last week, and some had significant changes in amendments, the most significant of which is Laura Friedman's AB 700, which would amend the California Public Records Act, and would cause certain animal research records to be inaccessible to the public.  The bill was so disturbing to a cross section of groups in animal rights, human rights, journalist orgs and others, that a protest was held outside Friedman's office.  Please read below and contact the legislators to oppose AB 700.

Another new bill is SB 469 (Dodd), which is a response to the ongoing news of tragic deaths of 28 horses in racing since late December at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.  Protests have been occurring weekly at Santa Anita, and the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) heard many animal advocates speak out against horse racing at its meeting on April 18.  PawPAC was at that meeting to speak for the horses.  We are submitting recommended amendments to SB 469 (see below).

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Thank you for taking time to write or call to speak for those who have no voice.

For the animals,

René Rowland, Chair


Laura Friedman (center), hearing waves of opposition to AB 700.
★AB 700 (Friedman)  OPPOSE
California Public Records Act (animal testing)

In Assembly Appropriations! Call ASAP!

      • Appropriations Member list here


Ask your legislator to vote NO on AB 700: Assembly Bill 700 has not yet been amended to the satisfaction of animal advocacy groups, and would hide research data—including data from labs and medical facilities—in our publicly funded state colleges.  More than 34,000 documented animals are living in horror in California labs, until they are terminated.  That figure does not include mice, rats or birds.  Animal testing alone is unacceptable.  Most research is not even valid, but where it is, humane alternatives exist.  Access to public records is what gives us leverage, without it, torturous research continues unchecked.  Funded with the public's tax dollars, these facilities should have, must have no right to privatize research data.
FURTHER INFO  ▶ AB 700 PawPAC tracking page | Listen to hearing

I like to run, but -not- like this.
Horse racing

Referred to Senate Governmental Organization. Call or write ASAP.


Ask the author and Senate Governmental Organization Committee to amend SB 469:  SB 469 was introduced with good intent, but is not strong enough to save the 200+ horses that die in racing and training each year.  The bill language states the CHRB "may" suspend a track's license to hold an emergency meeting to discuss safety.  This is simply not good enough.  As long as horse racing is legal (and it should not be), there must be a stronger incentive for horse safety.  Tracks should be fined for horse fatalities with escalating fees for each successive death.  Horses are not made for entertainment, and they are not made to be exploited and driven to their death, for people's gambling addictions.
I have important things to do in life.
★AB 273 (Gonzalez)  SUPPORT
Fur trapping

URGENT ~ On Assembly floor Monday April 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Status: Passed Asm Appr 12-3.  Ordered to Asm floor third reading (April 22).

Contact your assemblymember to support!

Call or write to Assemblywoman Gonzalez to thank her.


Ask your legislator to vote YES on AB 273:  AB 273 would protect California’s native wildlife from the cruel and outdated practice of fur trapping.  The Department of Fish and Wildlife's trapping program is not self-sustaining financially, therefore it doesn't make sense to allow trapping to continue on any front. 
Surrounding wildlife should claim fallen animals for their survival.  Not humans for their luxury.
★SB 395 (Archuleta)  OPPOSE
Claiming animals from accidental road deaths for human meat consumption

Referred to Senate Appropriations (no date set).  Call or submit your letter!


Call or write to Senator Ben Allen: Thank him for voicing his concerns, and urge him to continue.


Ask your legislator to vote NO on SB 395:  Animals are not resources for humans.  They are a part of a delicate ecosystem that is already under siege by human and corporate greed.  Their dead bodies should be claimed by wildlife fending for its own survival.  Senator Allen's instincts are right, that this bill would open a door for poaching, never mind the human health issues associated with consumption of dead carcasses in the process of decomposing.  The SB 395 analysis states there is no opposition.  This is not true.  Animal advocates are voicing their opposition.
Animals do tricks because they are afraid of what will happen if they don't.
★SB 313 (Hueso) SUPPORT
Animals in circuses

URGENT ~ HEARING APRIL 23 @ 1:30 p.m!
Call or submit your letter ASAP to Senate the Senate Judiciary Committee


Ask your legislator to vote YES on SB 313:  Ten California cities and Marin County have already banned the use of wild animals in circus acts.  Wild animals exploited in traveling acts don’t ride bicycles, jump through hoops, or balance on pedestals because they want to. They perform these and other difficult tricks because they’re afraid of what will happen if they don’t. Circus trainers abuse them with whips, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks and other weapons that cause them pain.
Activists have worked to ban declawing since 2002, yet it is legal in the state of California.
★AB 1230 (Quirk) SUPPORT
Declawing ban 

Call or write to the Assembly Committee on Business & Professions


Ask your legislator to vote YES on AB 1230:  Declawing is illegal, or considered unethical, in much of the rest of the world. Eight California cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, enacted the first laws banning the surgery in North America.  Cities with declaw bans in effect have seen a decrease in the number of cats abandoned to their shelters.  And studies have shown that declawed cats are more likely to bite, which presents a health issue to people.
Louisiana wants to sell us their alligator dead bodies & parts.
★AB 527 (Voepel) OPPPOSE
Would import crocs & alligators

Status: Passed Asm Water, Parks & Wildlife 8-2, awaiting referral.

Contact your Assemblymember to oppose AB 527

Ask your legislator to vote NO on AB 527:  Since 2006, the Governor of the state of Louisiana has sponsored and/or promoted a series of California bills to continue its multi-million dollar alligator industry.  300,000 alligators are killed annually in the name of conservation, at a profit of over $100M to Louisiana.  But this is an artificial population growth, because the animals are raised only to profit from the killing of the vast majority of them.  Beginning January 1, 2020, the importation of dead bodies and parts of crocs and alligators will no longer be allowed in California, but AB 527 would allow it to continue.  It's time to end this brutal, unethical practice.
SB 1 will close the federal EPA gap, if it happens.
★SB 1 (Atkins, Portantino & Stern) SUPPORT
Protects endangered species 

URGENT ~ HEARING APRIL 23 @ 1:30 p.m!
Call Senate Judiciary Committee ASAP


Ask your legislator to vote YES on SB 1:  Senate Bill 1 simply would ensure that the protections of the 1974 federal Endangered Species Act in place as of January 1, 2017 would remain effective under state law even if the federal government rolls it back.  For nearly forty years, our federal government has stood by the EPA.  Now, California will see that at least it is enforced if the current federal administration weakens it.
AB 1260 would protect: crocodile, alligator, iguana, skink, caiman, shark, stingray hippopotamus and Ring Nile lizard.
★AB 1260 (Maienschein) SUPPORT
Exotic animals

Status: Amended, passed Asm Appropriations 11-3.  Re-referred to Asm Appr.

Contact your Assemblymember to support AB 1260.

Ask your legislator to vote YES on AB 1260:  Hundreds of thousands of exotic animals are killed each year for luxury items like jackets, purses, wallets and boots.  California penal code already protects other exotic animals such as polar bear, python, elephant and kangaroo (complete list ).  AB 1260 would add iguana, skink, caiman, shark, stingray, hippopotamus, three species of lizard, to the code, and would include crocodilia, in the event that AB 527 (above) passes.  No species of animal should be tortured or killed for vanity and fashion.  This is the same ethic that stirred our major cities to ban the sale of fur.
It's projected that by 2050 the mass of plastic pollution in the ocean will exceed the mass of fish.
★SB 54 (Allen, Skinner, Stern & Wiener) SUPPORT
★AB 1080 (Gonzalez, Calderon, Friedman & Ting) SUPPORT
California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act

SB 54 ONLY: Submit your letter or call Senate Appropriations

AB 1080 ONLY: Submit letter or call Assembly Appropriations

Ask your legislator to vote YES on SB 54 & AB 1080:  The California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act would require that plastic single-use packaging and products in California be reduced or recycled by 75 percent by 2030.  By 2050 plastic production will account for 20 percent of global fossil fuel consumption.  We must act on every front to combat global warming.
More than 6 million animals are killed per year for dissection in the U.S.
★AB 1586 (Kalra) SUPPORT

Hearing May 1 at 1:30 p.m.
Attend the hearing to support:  State Capitol, Room 4202

Contact the Assembly Committee on Education


Ask your legislator to vote YES on AB 1586:  More than 6 million animals of over thirty species are used in school dissections each year.  Amphibians and reptiles suffocate or become crushed during transportation, and have been abused at biological supply companies; animals are often embalmed with formaldehyde, which poses a health risk to students exposed to the animals.  When vast numbers of insect-eating frogs are removed from their habitats, their ecosystems become imbalanced and insect populations rise, which in turn give rise to the use of pesticides, which can damage the water supply and food chain. 
It is estimated that 540 million school lunches are served each year.
★AB 479 (Nazarian, Kalra) SUPPORT
Plant-based school meals

URGENT ~ HEARING WED. APR 24 @ 9:00 a.m.
Contact Assembly Appropriations to support

Contact your Assemblymember

Ask your legislator to vote YES on AB 479:  It is estimated that 540 million school lunches are served each year.  This bill would incentivize school districts to serve more more climate-friendly menus of plant-based foods, which would improve student health.  Taking its lead from the successful "California’s Fresh Start Pilot Program," AB 479 would provide reimbursements to schools for serving fresh fruits and vegetables.

2,835 bills and resolutions have been introduced in both houses as of April 22, 2019, of which about 100 impact animals.
Additional Senate Bills (support, unless noted)
SB 64 (Chang) microchips
SB 202 (Wilk) blood banks
SB 245 (Chang) veterans, adoptions
SB 258 (Hertzberg) pets of homeless individuals
SB 312 (Leyva) veterans, service dogs (NO POSITION)
SB 395 (Archuleta) fallen animals (OPPOSE)
SB 580 (Wilk) cruelty
SB 627 (Galgiani) cannabis (NO POSITION)

Senate, dead or dying
SB 319 (Moorlach) speed limits (OPPOSE)

AB 773 (Gonzalez) voter education

*HCA = "Hearing canceled by author
Additional Assembly Bills (support, unless noted)
AB 128 (Gloria) horse slaughter (support if amended)
AB 169 (Lackey) guide dogs
AB 202 (Mathis) Safe Harbor
AB 467 (Horvath/Gonzalez) (OPPOSE)
AB 611 (Nazarian) sexual abuse
AB 839 (Mullin) climate change
AB 1254 (Kamlager) bobcats
AB 1565 (Quirk) kittens
AB 1788 (Bloom) anticoagulants
AB 1828 (Asm GO) horses, transparency

Assembly, dead or dying (support, unless noted)
AB 172 (Voepel) speed limits (OPPOSE)
AB 366 (Bloom) blood banks (HCA*, support if amended)
AB 415 (Maienschein) domestic violence (suspense)
AB 454 (Kalra) migratory birds (suspense)
AB 486 (Limón) wildfire preparedness (HCA)
AB 572 (Kalra) deforestation (suspense)
AB 733 (Quirk) minnows (suspense)
AB 889 (Maienschein) animal research (HCA)
AB 939 (Frazier) EPA hearings (HCA)
AB 1040 (Muratsuchi) cetaceans (HCA)

Board of Directors   Directors Emeritus
René Rowland, Chair   Virginia Handley
Beverlee McGrath, Vice Chair   Larry Kessenick
Eric Mills, Secretary   Kim Sturla
Matthew Duncan   Joyce Tischler
Marilyn Jasper

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