Update 9/26/12: Governor Signs SB 1221!
California is now the 15th state to prohibit the hounding of bears and the 14th state to ban the hounding of bobcats! Read more. Please join us in thanking Governor Brown. Thank you for your support!
Update 8/22/12: SB 1221 passes Assembly
Because SB 1221 was amended in the Assembly to include exemptions for research, depredation and livestock protection, it now heads back to the Senate for one more vote before close of business 8/31 before going to the Governor's desk.
California Assembly Passes Legislation to Prohibit Bear and Bobcat Hounding
The California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee voted 8 to 4 to pass Senate Bill 1221, sponsored by Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), to enact a moratorium on the inhumane and unsporting practice of bear and bobcat hounding. S.B. 1221 passed the California Senate by a vote of 22 to 15 in May. It fell one vote short of passage at a committee hearing on June 26, and passed on a July 2 reconsideration vote. The bill has moved on to Assembly Appropriations committee for the next hearing (date of hearing to be announced). If SB 1221 passes Appropriations, it will go to the Assembly floor and from there to the Governor.
The Humane Society of the United States said in a July 2 statement:
The Humane Society of the United States applauds the California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee for voting 8 to 4 to pass Senate Bill 1221, sponsored by Senator Ted Lieu to enact a moratorium on the inhumane and unsporting practice of bear and bobcat hounding. S.B. 1221 passed the California Senate by a vote of 22 to 15 in May. It fell one vote short of passage at a committee hearing last week, and passed today on a reconsideration vote.
Read the full statement here.
Your Marin Humane Society (MHS) advocated for S.B. 1221 in a number of ways. We sent a letter to Committee Chairman Assemblymember Jared Huffman urging him to support this bill, we co-authored an Op-ed in the Marin IJ with Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of HSUS, and a group of MHS employees rallied at the State Capitol earlier this month and attended the June 26 hearing to make our position heard. In addition, we asked for your help in contacting Assemblymember Huffman's office through our online Action Center, and dozens of you took action. Thank you for your enthusiastic support!
Hounding is an inhumane and unsporting practice where trophy hunters use packs of radio-collared dogs to chase down bears and bobcats before the hunter shoots the terrified animal off a tree branch. It also leads to dog welfare problems and a drain on animal sheltering resources. Dogs may be struck by vehicles, die as a result of dehydration or confrontations with wildlife, or be abandoned at local animal shelters. California voters expressed their views against mountain lion hunting in two statewide ballot measures in 1990 and 1996. While mountain lions are protected from the cruelty of hound hunting, other predators are not.
Thank you for your support!