Jan 28 2016

Dogs for hunting?

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Greetings,
California currently prohibits the use of GPS collars and “tree switches” when hound hunting. The February 11, 2016, CA Fish and Game Commission agenda, item 38, will be a discussion of a proposed change to lift the prohibition, supposedly for deer- and pig-hound hunting, and thus allow the use of GPS collars (as opposed to radio telemetry collars now allowed) and tree switches (which can indicate when dogs may have treed a mammal). The claim is that by removing the current ban on GPS collars and tree switches, hounds will be less likely to be lost and intervention will be sooner when warranted.
However, the FGC and CDFW’s primary focus should be on wildlife conservation. A secondary focus on the welfare of hounds is justifiable, but not at the expense of wildlife. (As president of the board of the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills–a dog rescuer/fosterer/adopter–all dogs and their welfare are dear to my heart.) To be clear, this proposed amendment is only about the collars and not about either the treatment of hounds or the legitimacy of hunting deer with hounds.[1]
Some concerns with this amendment include: “Training” hounds in wildlife habitat creates stressful impacts to numerous species; many dogs, especially in “training,” will cross scent and maul, severely injure or kill non-targeted vulnerable mammals; etc. Hounds will still range miles from the owner or handler, often in rugged topography. Thus, when critical intervention is warranted, it will hardly be immediate or timely. If approved, the amendment may create an unacceptable loophole or “work around” of the law (SB 1221 from 2012) and create situations where treed bears or bobcats may be killed by others who are not actually using hounds to hunt bears or bobcats.
This amendment proposal is titled, “Amend Section 265, Title 14, California Code of Regulations (CCR), Re: Use of Dogs for Pursuit/Take of Mammals or for Dog Training.”
The Initial Study can be found on the CA Fish and Game Commission’s website: http://www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/2016/
Click on “Mammal 2016-2017” which will take you to: Mammal Hunting
Notice of Proposed Changes in Regulations (PDF) – December 15, 2015
Amend Section 265, Use of Dogs for the Pursuit/Take of Mammals or for Dog Training
Initial Statement of Reasons (PDF) – November 2, 2015
Proposed Regulatory Language (PDF)
To hear the discussion in the September 9, 2015 Wildlife Resource Committee, where this change was presented, go to the mp3 recording of that meeting at, http://www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/Sep/WRC_Mtg_2015_0908_Audio_WebFile.mp3 and move the timer scale to approximately 58:33.
To watch the presentation and public comment at the presentation at the FGC meeting on December 10, 2015, go to http://www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/ scroll down to December 10, click on, “Video”, then “Linked Agenda,” and go to item 36 to click on the “reel” that should allow watching/listening to the item which is only briefly covered near the end in public comments.
We are opposing the amendment due to its potential negative impacts on all wildlife and especially deer. As currently proposed it has not been thoroughly studied, vetted, nor reviewed. Please share this email as appropriate and thanks for any support you can provide to stop this amendment from proceeding as proposed at the upcoming FGC meeting.

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Apr 09 2014

Support Our Wildlife!

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Join Project Coyote and allies at the upcoming California Fish and Game Commission meeting in Ventura on April 16th to show your support for wildlife. Two important issues will be deliberated that day: a proposed ban on wildlife killing contests that Project Coyote put forth and the listing of wolves under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).The Commission will be accepting public testimony on both issues.

There will be a pre-hearing rally for wolves and wildlife where Project Coyote representatives will speak. We hope you can join us!

What: California Fish and Game Commission meeting & pre-hearing rally
When: Wednesday, April 16, rally begins at 7:45 am, followed by the Commission meeting at 8:30 am
Where: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel, 450 East Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA
(Rally will be held outside of the Crown Plaza and meeting inside.)

 

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Feb 27 2014

GOOD NEWS FOR OJAI

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On Tuesday, February 25, The Ojai City Council agreed unanimously to support a resolution that will ban the use of anti-coagulant rodenticides by the City and encourage businesses and consumers to sell and or use alternatives.  Anti-coagulant rodenticides are extremely harmful to all wildlife as they travel up the food chain.

Thanks to Patty Paglaling of Transition to Organics for her research and hard work on this issue and joining with the Ojai Wildlife League to present this to the City Council.  Ojai will join other communities in Ventura County who also have passed or are in the process of passing similar resolutions.

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Oct 20 2013

Legislative Report

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2013 CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION FINAL EDITION

Next Legislative Meeting: Monday, Oct 21, 11am – 1pm, Room 115, Capitol Building, Sac.

Agenda: Outcome of 2013, Voting Chart, and possible legislation for 2014.

The Legislature is recessed until Jan 6, 2014.

PASSED

AB 265 by Assemblymember Mike Gatto re: Dog Parks. Support. Provides that cities/counties are not liable for injuries occurred at dog parks from dog bites. The parks provide exercise/socialization for animals.

AB 272 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez re: Rabies. Requires “every dog owner after his or her dog is 3 months or older” (current law is 4 months) to be vaccinated against rabies according to the vaccine label.

AB 339 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson re: Flea Market Animal Sales. Support. Prohibits animal sales at flea markets unless the local jurisdiction passes an ordinance on sanitation, heating, ventilation, nutrition, space, vet care, and recommendations for care to the buyer. Goes into effect 2015.

AB 497 by Assemblymember Wes Chesbro re: Fish & Game Commission. Requires Fish & Game Commission to form an advisory “Wildlife Resources Committee.” Lessens number/locations of Commission meetings.

AB 711 by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon re: Hunting. Support. Prohibits the use of lead shot in hunting. Goes into effect July 2019.

AB 754 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi re: Coastal Protection. Support. Provides a state tax check off to “Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund”. Money goes to Coastal Commission for programs to protect our coast.

AB 789 by Assemblymember Das Williams re: Trapping. Support. Prohibits cruel killing methods of animals in traps (drowning, crushing chests, and injections of toxic substances). Reduces size of conibear traps on land.

AB 924 by Assemblymember Frank Bigelow re: Rustling. Declares theft of cattle, horses, mules, sheep, pigs, and goats to be grand theft. Gives fine money to State Bureau of Livestock Identification (brand inspectors).

AB 1213 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom re: Bobcats. Support.

“Bobcat Protection Act of 2013” requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to work up a management plan. If no plan is developed by July 2015, AB 1213 will prohibit trapping, exporting, selling bobcat fur or product. Prohibits trapping in area surrounding the Joshua Tree National Park.

SB 4 by Senator Fran Pavley re: Fracking. Requires a study and regulations on fracking (pressurized injection of chemicals causing cracks in underground rocks to get oil/gas).

SB 132 by Senator Jerry Hill re: Mountain Lions. Support. Requires non-lethal alternatives to killing mountain lions. Allows the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife to work with organizations and individuals.

SB 392 by Senator Tom Berryhill re: Hunting. Oppose. Originally removed possession limits, then amended to require Cal Fish and Game Commission to set the limits.

SB 749 by Senators Lois Wolk and Bill Berryhill re: Hunters, Habitat, Endangered Species Petitions. Oppose.

Extends to 2020 the exemption to the Endangered Species Act for accidental “taking” (killing) of endangered species during agricultural activities. Allows Commission to close public hearings and records on petitions to declare a species endangered. Prohibits any more input if the petition is turned down.

SCR 61 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani re: Animals in Shelters. Support. Senate Concurrent Resolution to declare every October “Shelter Pet Awareness Month” to encourage animal adoptions from shelters.

FAILED

AB 158 by Assemblymember Marc Levine and SB 405 by Senator Alex Padilla re: Plastic Bags. Support. Failed. Prohibits stores from distributing plastic bags, a major source of pollution that kills sea animals.

AB 343 by Assemblymember Jim Patterson re: Ag Gag. Oppose. Dropped. “Ag-gag” bill to silence people who document cruelty to animals. Requires info be given to law enforcement within 120 hours or face fine.

AB 521 by Assemblymember Mark Stone re: Plastic. Support. Failed. Requires manufacturers to figure out how to reduce plastic pollution in coastal waters which kills sea animals.

AB 976 by Assemblymember Toni Atkins re: Coastal Commission. Support. Failed. Enhances enforcement of Coastal Act against violators and deters future violations. Coastal wildlife needs increased protection.

AB 1045 by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield re: Animal Shelters. Amended. Updates current law on “pound” to “animal shelter”and “destroyed” to “humanely euthanized.” Amended to an unrelated subject.

AB 1097 by Assemblymember Brian Nestande re: Mirage Trail/Bighorn Sheep. Oppose. Amended. Originally declared the “primary service of the State Dept of Fish and Wildlife is to provide services to persons who hunt and fish.” Amended to require the Commission to determine the opening/closing of a bighorn sheep trail.

AB 1230 by Assemblymember Tim Donnelly re: Hunting with Hounds. Oppose. Dropped. Repeals last year’s  ban on the hunting with dogs for bear and bobcat.

AB 1301 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom re: Fracking. Support. Failed. Places a moratorium on fracking and mandates review of effects on wildlife and environment.

AB 1323 by Assemblymember (now Senator) Holly Mitchell re: Fracking. Support. Failed. Provides a moratorium on fracking (cracking underground rocks to get oil) until regulations are passed.

SB 65 by Senator Mark Leno and AB 73 by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield re: Budget. Passed. Both budget bills “suspend” the Animal Adoption Law meaning it is still on the books, but the State will not reimburse costs to cities/counties. The requirement for shelters to cooperate with rescue groups is still intact.

SB 175 by Senator Jean Fuller re: Guns in State Game Refuges. Oppose. Dropped. Allows concealed firearms in State Game Refuges.

SB 478 by Senator Anthony Cannella re: Livestock Trucks. Oppose. Dropped. Changes the configuration of livestock trucks. Many animals are injured/die from trucks toppling over, particularly on rural roads.

SB 675 by Senator Lois Wolk re: Animal Welfare Standards. Dropped. Requires Dept. of Food & Agriculture to set “standards for animal welfare.”

SB 688 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani re: Animal Medicines. Support. Defeated. Exempts shelters, rescue groups and vets from sales tax to buy medicine.

Governor Jerry Brown, 916/445-2841, and all legislators:

State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814

For copies of legislation, analyses, votes: www.leginfo.ca.gov.

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List compiled by: Virginia Handley.

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Jul 25 2013

Bear Sculture now Permanant!

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The Bear Sculture by Mark Benkert is now a permanant memorial to “Elliot”–the bear tragically killed by CA Fish and Game. See the following link for the story! Thanks to all those who came out in support of this project!

http://ojaivalleynews.com/archives/2013/OVN07-19_12286.pdf

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Apr 26 2013

Concert to Remember Elliot

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JOIN US On June 8th from 4pm to 6pm at the Ojai Retreat on Besant Road for an event to raise money

toward the purchase of the Bear Sculpture in Arcade Plaza that commemorates Elliot  the bear killed by the

CA Dept. of Fish and Game in Oct. of 2009.  This sculpture by Mark Benkert will become a permanent installation

by the City of Ojai.   The event will feature Daniel Sperry on cello debuting his piece about Elliot and another

original fiddle tune by Bob Ryemon.  Wine and treats will be served.  The first 50 people get a bumper sticker:

May All Bears Be Happy!

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Apr 26 2013

Help Stop Bobcat trapping

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ASSEMBLY WATER, PARKS AND WILDLIFE COMMITTEE – 2013 – tel. & fax

AB 1213 (BLOOM) – TO BAN BOBCAT TRAPPING – TO BE HEARD ON 4/30/13, 9:00 A.M.
MAKE THOSE CALLS ON MONDAY MORNING IF POSSIBLE
Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), chair, tel. 916/319-2063; fax 319-2163
Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) NEWBIE – 319/2072; fax 319-2172
Franklin Bigelow (R-O’Neals – Madera Co.) – tel. 319-2005; fax 319-2105
Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) – tel. 319-2040; fax 319-2141
Raul Bocanegra (D0San Fernando) – tel. 319-2039; fax 319-2139
Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside); tel. 319-2076; fax 319-2176
Brian Dahle (R-Bieber – Modoc Co.) – tel. 319-2001; fax 319-2101
Paul Fong (D-Sunnyside) – tel. 319-2018; fax 319-2118
Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) – tel. 319-2011; fax 319-2111
Beth Gaines (R-Rocklin) – tel. 319-2006; fax 319-2106
Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) -tel. 319-2043; fax 319-2143
Jimmy Gomez (D-Echo Park) -tel. 319-2095; fax 319-2195
Adam Gray (D-Merced) – tel. 319-2021; fax 319-2121
Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) – tel. 3319-2023; fax 319-2123
Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) – 319-2004; fax 319-2104

EMAIL PATTERN FOR ALL – assemblymember.rendon@assembly.ca.gov
MAILING ADDRESS FOR ALL – C/O THE STATE CAPITOL, SACRAMENTO, CA 95814

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Mar 07 2013

Support Mountain Lions

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The Mountain Lion Foundation of CA is collecting signatures for a bill being introduced in the California Legislature to give the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife the option of trying to rescue and return mountain lions to the wild first, before resorting to lethal means, when they have wandered into human habitat.  The link below is where you can sign their petition.  Let’s support our fellow animal protectors!

http://www.mountainlion.org/us/ca/LAW/2013/sb132/calaw2013sb132.asp

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Mar 01 2013

Bumper Stickers!

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Visit our new donation page to find out about our new

OWL magnetic bumper sticker!

Just click on Donate tab at top of page

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Mar 01 2013

Animal Legislation

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2013 CALIFORNIA ANIMAL LEGISLATION as of February 28 (more bills will be added)

This post is courtesy of:

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PO Box 20425, El Sobrante, CA 94803

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Next Legislative Meeting: Monday, March 11, 11am – 1pm, Room 115

State Capitol Building, Sacramento. All animal advocates welcome.

Legislators and Governor: State Capitol Bldg., Sacramento, CA 95814.

ASSEMBLY

AB 265 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto re: Dog Parks.

Provides that cities/counties are not liable for injuries occurred at dog parks.

AB 272 by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez re: Rabies.

Requires dogs to be vaccinated against rabies at three months instead of four months.

AB 339 by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson re: Flea Market Animal Sales. Support.

Prohibits the selling or giving away of animals at swap meets and flea markets.

To Be Heard: Probably Assembly Public Safety. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Chair. Tell him these animals have no protection and are subject to impulse buying. Buyers have no “consumer” protection to know the animals are healthy and socialized. Animals such as pit bulls, cats, rabbits, and parrots are victims.

AB 343 by Assemblyman Jim Patterson re: Strays.

Expected to be amended to be about domestic strays found upon a landowner’s premises.

AB 497 and AB 504 by Assemblyman Wes Chesbro re: Fish & Game Commission.

Lowers the number of required Fish & Game Commission meetings from ten to eight and deletes the requirement that no more than three of the meetings be in Sacramento.

AB 711 by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon re: Hunting.

Expected to be amended to prohibit the use of lead shot in hunting.

To Be Heard: Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife. Assemblyman Ben Hueso, Chair. Tell him lead shot is banned on other products, such as paint, and is prohibited by the federal government for waterfowl. The state bans it in condor habitat due to its devastating effects. The rest of our state’s wildlife deserve the same protection.

AB 789 by Assemblyman Das Williams re: Trapping. Support.

Prohibits cruel killing methods of animals in traps such as drowning, crushing chests, and injections of substances not meant for euthanasia and reduces the size of killer conibear traps set in water.

To Be Heard: Probably Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife. Assemblyman Ben Hueso, Chair. Tell him “nuisance trappers” who kill wildlife for a living need to be regulated and the animals need to be protected.

AB 1045 by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield re: Animal Shelters. Support.

Updates current law on “pound” to “animal shelter”, “unwanted” to “surrendered” and “destroyed” to “humanely euthanized.”

To Be Heard: Probably Assembly Business and Professions. Assemblyman Richard Gordon, Chair. Tell him no telephone listing or building has signage as a “pound.” Many animals are “surrendered” not necessarily “unwanted.” Animals cannot be “destroyed” but “euthanized” as required by law banning cruel killing.

AB 1213 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom re: Bobcats. Support.

“Bobcat Protection Act” prohibits trapping, importing, exporting, selling, transporting and possessing any bobcat or bobcat product and changes their status from “non-game” to “game.”

To Be Heard: Probably Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife. Assemblyman Ben Hueso, Chair. Tell him bobcats have no protection and the demand for their fur, especially foreign markets, threatens them.

SENATE

SB 4 by Senator Fran Pavley re: Fracking. Support.

Regulates hydraulic fracturing and requires the operator of a well to report data including the presence of seismic faults.

To Be Heard: Senate Natural Resources. Senator Fran Pavley, Chair. Thank her for introducing SB 4. Fracking detrimentally affects wildlife habitat, domestic animals, and the public.

SB 65 by Senator Mark Leno, AB 73 by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield re: Budget

Both budget bills under item 8885 “suspend” the Animal Adoption (Hayden law) mandate meaning it is still in the law, but the State Mandates Board will not reimburse city/county costs.

SB 132 by Senator Jerry Hill re: Mountain Lions. Support.

Requires non-lethal alternatives to killing mountain lions unless there is an imminent threat. Allows the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife to partner with organizations to implement the alternatives.

To Be Heard: Probably Senate Natural Resources. Senator Fran Pavley, Chair. Tell her mountain lions deserve alternatives to killing and there are organizations willing to help.

SB 175 by Senator Jean Fuller re: Guns in State Game Refuges. Oppose.

Allows concealed firearms in State Game Refuges.

To Be Heard: Probably Senate Natural Resources. Senator Fran Pavley, Chair. Tell her guns do not belong in state refuges, particularly concealed weapons. There’s no need for them and they invite poaching.

SB 392 by Senator Tom Berryhill re: Hunting. Oppose.

Exempts birds from the bag limits if they are to be processed for immediate consumption.

To Be Heard: Probably Senate Natural Resources. Senator Fran Pavley, Chair. Tell her bag limits should apply no matter when the birds are eaten.

SB 675 by Senator Lois Wolk re: Animal Welfare Standards.

Requires the Dept. of Food & Agriculture to set “standards for animal welfare.” SB 675 may be changed to a bill legalizing foie gras.

CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME COMMISSION

1416 – 9th St. Sacramento, CA 94814

Appointments

Governor Jerry Brown has been a terrible disappointment in his choice of Commissioners, such as his re-appointment of pro-gun/hunt/political donator Jim Kellogg. Richard Rogers has been there long after his replacement is due. There are vacancies who should go to environmentalists and advocates for wildlife alive, not trophies on a gun nut’s wall.

Write: Governor Jerry Brown. Ask him to fulfill his obligation for the Commission to represent the public, not the less than 1% of Cal’s population of hunters. Tell him our wild animals must not be for sale.

Coyote Contest Hunting

At least 40 coyotes were murdered in a Modoc County coyote killing contest with at least 200 hunters participating in spite of the fact it violated current law which prohibits contests offering prizes/inducements over $500.

Write: California Fish & Game Commission. Tell them the hunt spent over the $500 in prizes and inducements and should have been declared illegal. The “contest” should not be allowed to happen again in 2014. The current law needs to be changed to prohibit all contest killing, be they coyotes or squirrels, removing the exemption that allows it if less than $500 is spent.

All legislators and Governor Jerry Brown: State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814

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List compiled by: Virginia Handley.

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