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California Politicians Give Antis a "Do Over", Pass Hunting Bill

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July 2, 2012

Today, the California Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee held a special hearing specifically to revote on Senate Bill 1221, a bill banning the hunting of black bears and bobcats using hounds.  The Committee passed the bill by a vote of 8-4, with one abstention.

This “do-over” comes just one week after the bill failed to earn enough votes to pass out of the Committee.  Following the defeat, anti-hunting groups lobbied Committee Chairman Jared Huffman (D-Marin) to reconsider the bill and to hold another vote, giving them another chance to pressure reluctant legislators.

California Legislative Alert: Save Hunting with Dogs

mfhalogo thumbThe Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has joined forces with Senator Ted Lieu and Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg to introduce Senate Bill 1221, legislation that would outlaw the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats in California.   HSUS is trying to use the momentum from its failed attempt to fire California State Fish & Game President Daniel Richards for legally hunting mountain lion in another state. Mountain Lion hunting has been illegal in California since HSUS was able to get it banned in 1990. Now government hunters have to cull the over populations.

Canadian MPs Call for Ban on Electronic Training (a.k.a. “Shock”) Collars


In what appears to be an effort to follow in the footsteps of Australia and Wales, a petition was recently introduced to Canada’s parliament to consider enacting an e-collar ban in that country.

Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East, British Columbia, is supporting this ban shock collars petition and presenting it to parliament. While there is little doubt that this petition was conceived of with the best intentions, this type of legislation paves the way for the animal rights lobby to propose other, more aggressive limits on the ways in which we live, and work with dogs and other animals. “The problem with the animal rights criticism is they don’t know the first thing about what it takes to train an animal and what is humane or not humane,” explains Dennis Foster, Executive Director of the MFHA.

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