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June 25, 2012

California: Oppose SB1221


Senator Ted Lieu (District 28) and Senator Darrell Steinberg (District 6) introduced Senate Bill 1221 Mammals: use of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats, sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States. SB1221 would expressly prohibit the use of dogs in hunting to pursue any bear or bobcat. The bill has recently passed on the Senate Floor and will be heard in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on June 26, 2012.

We encourage you to take action on this issue now in order to protect the future of hunting. The regulation of the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats, or other species, should be the responsibility of the State Fish and Game Commission. Decisions on the use of dogs for hunting should be made based on science and the facts, not on political or emotional considerations.

While SB 1221 would not prohibit the use of dogs in bird hunting, the bill’s provisions would still be threatening to the future of hunting and its traditions. This legislation does not only pertain to hounding–the anti-hunting community will not stop here, as the Humane Society stated that the use of hounds in hunting already prompted the outlaw of mountain lion hunting in California in 1990.

Speak out against this legislation by contacting members of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, especially if you live in any one of their districts. Tell him/her that you are opposed to SB 1221.

ASSEMBLY WATER, PARKS AND WILDLIFE

Member

District

Party

Room

Phone

Fax

Berryhill, Bill

26

R

3141

916-319-2026

916-319-2126

Blumenfield, Bob

40

D

6026

916-319-2040

916-319-2140

Campos, Nora

23

D

2175

916-319-2023

916-319-2123

Fong, Paul

22

D

5135

916-319-2022

916-319-2122

Gaines, Beth

4

R

4009

916-319-2004

916-319-2104

Gatto, Mike

43

D

4140

916-319-2043

916-319-2143

Halderman, Linda (Vice-Chair)

29

R

5126

916-319-2029

916-319-2129

Hernández, Roger

57

D

5150

916-319-2057

916-319-2157

Hueso, Ben

79

D

5144

916-319-2079

916-319-2179

Huffman, Jared (Chair)

6

D

3120

916-319-2006

916-319-2106

Jones, Brian

77

R

3149

916-319-2077

916-319-2177

Lara, Ricardo

50

D

2179

916-319-2050

916-319-2150

Yamada, Mariko

8

D

5160

916-319-2008

916-319-2108

TO CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER IS ONE OF THESE COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Please go to http://192.234.213.69/amapsearch/framepage.asp. Scroll down the map of California and enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes below; click on “Find.” Your representative and contact information will then be available.