SB 1221 (Lieu), legislation that would outlaw the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats in California, has been officially set for hearing on June 26th in the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. The hearing will begin at 9:00 AM. Room number is yet to be determined.
It is critical that all of those who care about the future of hunting in California join COHA in strong opposition to this bill at the hearing and let their voice be heard. It is also important that members of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee hear from you prior to the hearing. CALL and WRITE committee members TODAY! For a sample opposition letter and Legislator contact information, click here.
If you hunt with dogs - or if you hunt at all - this measure is a severe threat to you. SB 1221 is largely based on the argument that hunting of bears and bobcats with dogs does not represent the "fair chase" of these species. As such, this legislation not only threatens the long-standing tradition of hunting these species with hounds, but would set precedent placing the hunting of pheasants, quail, ducks and other species with dogs in serious jeopardy. Further, the bill is fully consistent with the statement of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that they will attack hunting in California first, taking it one species at a time, until all types of hunting are eliminated - then take their forces to other states.
For more information on COHA's efforts on SB 1221 and other issues of concern, visit our website by clicking here.
For the full text of SB 1221, click here.