California SB 1221 Moving On To Full Vote

CHC - News Source, Bear Hunting Magazine

The California Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bill yesterday, so it could come up as early as May 14th for a full Senate floor vote. If the bill passes, it will outlaw all hound hunting of bears and bobcats in the state.

Today Monday, May 7 Senate Bill 1221 will be heard by the state Senate Committee on Appropriations. If you live in California, the CHC urges you to call and e-mail members of this committee TODAY and urge them to OPPOSE SB 1221.

SB 1221, introduced by state Senator Ted Lieu (D-28), would ban hunting bears and bobcats with dogs. Seventeen states currently allow bear hunting with dogs. The use of hounds for hunting has not been shown to have an adverse impact on wildlife numbers as biologists and wildlife experts direct regulations and bag limits just as they do with other hunting seasons.

SB 1221 is supported by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Its President has been quoted as saying: “We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States ... We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state.” In 2003, HSUS unsuccessfully championed California Assembly Bill 342 that would have banned all hunting with hounds. They now seem to be taking an incremental approach to accomplish the same goal via SB 1221.

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