“ANIMAL WELFARE LEGISLATION NEEDED”
Our state legislature reconvened on Jan. 6. Now’s the time to ask your representatives to introduce legislation to protect animals, both wild and domestic. A few suggestions: ban all “wildlife killing contests” of coyotes, rabbits, ground squirrels, crows, whatever; they are unethical, ecologically-unsound, and give all hunting a black eye. Ban the use of electronic duck decoys (“roboducks”) — unethical and unsporting. Ban the Mexican rodeo’s brutal “steer tailing” event (already banned in Alameda and Contra Costa counties). Amend current law (Penal Code 596.7) so as to require ON-SITE veterinary care at all rodeos. Ban the sale of non-native turtles and frogs for human consumption — all are diseased. Released into local waters, they displace and prey upon our native wildlife. Ban elephant rides — dangerous for animals and public alike. Ban the cruel “farrowing crates” at state and county fairs. Ban the giving away of goldfish as “prizes,” and the sale of hermit crabs as “pets” (all taken from the wild) at fairs and carnivals. Most will die an early death.
All legislators may be written c/o The State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814. As the Lorax says, “If somebody like YOU doesn’t care a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not.”
Coordinator, ACTION FOR ANIMALS Humane Society