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News & New Legislation for 2019

Dear friends,

The future is looking brighter for California animals!  We've never seen so many animal protection measures proposed in one session as in this one.  As you undoubtedly read last September, the City of Los Angeles joined West Hollywood, Berkeley and San Francisco in banning fur.  Now we have two bills to effectively wipe out fur trade in California: AB 273 (Gonzalez) and AB 44 (Friedman).  Next, SB 313 (Hueso) would ban all use of animals in circuses statewide, taking its lead from ten California cities and the county of Marin.

Just last week, the LA Animal Services Commission voted unanimously that rodeos should be banned in Los Angeles, and is sending its proposal to the city council.  If the L.A. City Council bans rodeos, the stage will then be set for the state on this long-overlooked front as well.  Listen to the LAAS rodeo discussion here.

Hope is on the horizon!

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Past president Beverlee McGrath has retired after decades of creating hope for animals, both by direct rescue and through her positions of influence.  We are grateful, as well, for the many invisible ways she has supported the efforts of other activists.  She remains on the PawPAC board of directors.  You will see the new titles of "Chair" and "Vice Chair" in our correspondence, but our work is the same.

 

  THANK YOU, BEVERLEE!  

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PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR TO SUPPORT OR OPPOSE THE FOLLOWING BILLS

Find your legislator here:
www.pawpac.news/findyourlegislator

 

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

For the animals,

René Rowland, Chair
PawPAC

I have important things to do in life.
★AB 273 (Gonzalez)  SUPPORT
Fur trapping


Referred to Assembly Appropriations! Call or submit your letter!

916.319.2081

Ask your legislator to vote YES on AB 273:  AB 273 would protect California’s native wildlife from the cruel and outdated practice of fur trapping.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. 
 
 
If Nabisco can free the animals, so can California.
★SB 313 (Hueso) SUPPORT
Animals in circuses


Attend the hearing April 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the State Capitol, Rm 112

Call or submit your letter by March 29 to Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee

916.651.4116

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 


Submit your letter to the Assembly Committee on Business & Professions

916.319.3301

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


The scheduled Assembly WPW hearing was canceled, but should be rescheduled.

Submit your letter or call Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife

916.319.2096

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 


Attend the hearing April 9 at 9:30 a.m. in the Capitol Building, Rm 112

Call or submit your letter by March 29 to Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee

916.651.4116

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.
 
 
Carefully look before you buy furry accessories.
★AB 44 (Friedman) SUPPORT
Fur products ban


TIME SENSITIVE ~ HEARING MARCH 26 @ 9 a.m!
Call or submit your letter to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary

916.319.2334

Ask your legislator to vote YES on AB 44:  This bill would prohibit the importation or sale of fur products in the state of California.  Together with AB 273, which would protect California fur-bearing and nongame animals, AB 44 would stop animal fur products from any place in the world from entering California. 
 
 
A cetacean is a whale, dolphin or porpoise.
★AB 1040 (Muratsuchi) SUPPORT
Protects cetaceans from entertainment abuse


Hearing was canceled but should be rescheduled.
Submit your letter or call Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife

916.319.2096

Ask your legislator to vote YES on AB 1040:  Dolphins, whales and porpoises in captivity suffer a great deal of stress. They live in very small tanks, where in the wild they would swim vast distances each day.  California has already passed legislation to protect orcas; now this bill will extend protection to whales, porpoises and dolphins.  These majestic sea mammals should not be kept in "bathtubs," nor bred in captivity, nor be forced to do tricks for entertainment companies to make their profit.
 
AB 1260 would protect: crocodile, alligator, iguana, skink, caiman, shark, stingray hippopotamus and Ring Nile lizard.
★AB 1260 (Maienschein) SUPPORT
Exotic animals


Attend the hearing April 9 at 9:00 a.m. in the Capitol Building, Rm 444

Call or submit your letter to Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife

916.319.2096

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.
 
 
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act was established in 1918.
★AB 454 (Kalra) SUPPORT
Migratory birds


TIME SENSITIVE ~ HEARING MARCH 26 @ 9 a.m!
Call or submit your letter to Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife

916.319.2096

Ask your legislator to vote YES on AB 454:  For over a century, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) has protected more than 1,000 native U.S. bird species, over 600 of which exist in California.  As with other crumbling laws, California must act to remedy federal shortfalls before animals lose the hard-won protections they now have.  AB 454 would ensure that migratory bird protections under the MBTA as of Jan. 1, 2017, would continue to be enforced in California, regardless of federal changes.
 
 
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!   916.651.4101

AB 1080: TIME SENSITIVE: HEARING Monday at 2:30 p.m.
Submit your letter or call Assembly Natural Resources
916.319.2092


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
Dissection


Submit your letter or call the Assembly Committee on Education

916.319.2087

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


TIME SENSITIVE ~ HEARING WED MARCH 27 @ 1:30pm at the State Capitol, Rm 4202
Submit your letter or call the Assembly Committee on Education

916.319.2087

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.

 
 
2,801 bills and resolutions have been introduced in both houses as of March 22, 2019, of which about 100 impact animals.
Additional Senate Bills (support, unless noted)
SB 64 (Chang) microchips
SB 258 (Hertzberg) pets of homeless individuals
SB 202 (Wilk) blood banks (OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDMENTS)
SB 245 (Chang) veterans, adoptions
SB 312 (Leyva) veterans, service dogs (NO POSITION)
SB 319 (Moorlach) speed limits (OPPOSE)
SB 395 (Archuleta) fallen animals (OPPOSE)
SB 580 (Wilk) cruelty
SB 627 (Galgiani) cannabis (NO POSITION)

 
Additional Assembly Bills (support, unless noted)
AB 128 (Gloria) horse slaughter
AB 169 (Lackey) guide dogs
AB 172 (Voepel) speed limits (OPPOSE)
AB 202 (Mathis) Safe Harbor
AB 366 (Bloom) blood banks (AMENDMENTS NEEDED)
AB 415 (Maienschein) domestic violence
AB 467 (Horvath/Gonzalez) (OPPOSE)
AB 486 (Limón) wildfire preparedness
AB 572 (Kalra) deforestation
AB 611 (Nazarian) sexual abuse
AB 733 (Quirk) minnows
AB 839 (Mullin) climate change
AB 889 (Maienschein) animal research
AB 939 (Frazier) EPA hearings
AB 1565 (Quirk) kittens
AB 1788 (Bloom) anticoagulants

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SPECIAL MENTION
AB 773 (Gonzalez) voter education
 
Congratulations to our

2018 Legislators of the Year




Senator Benjamin Allen

Assemblymember Richard Bloom




Thank you for your dedication to animal justice


Awards presented by

Eric Mills, PawPAC Secretary
Marilyn Jasper, PawPAC Board Member
Eric Mills, Senator Ben Allen, Marilyn Jasper
Marilyn Jasper, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Eric Mills

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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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