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PAHS sponsors campaigns on various important issues affecting animals and their welfare. Often, the atrocities of intensely inhumane practices, which have unfortunately become the norm in modern day food production or incarnations of cultural adaptation, affect not only animals but people and the planet as well. Current campaigns include:

PAHS Supports Passage of H.R. 1759, Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act

In the United States today, wild animals in traveling circuses are suffering. The traveling circus is no place for lions, tigers, bears, elephants, or kangaroos. Exotic animals have complex needs and natural instincts that cannot be met living in the circus. Instead, these animals live a life of abuse and must endure constant transport in small cages or chains. View this one-minute video at to see what circus animals experience every day of their lives.

Additionally, traveling circuses pose a serious threat to public safety. Keeping wild animals confined in dangerously close proximity to the public in lightweight, temporary enclosures has had disastrous consequences. Circus workers, and members of the public, including children, have been killed and maimed by circus animals, and lions, tigers and elephants have all escaped.

Sick animals also pose public health risk at traveling circuses—an estimated twelve percent of captive elephants in North America are infected with tuberculosis (TB), a contagious disease that can be passed from elephants to humans.

H.R. 1759, a bill currently in the House of Representatives, would ban the uses of wild animals in traveling circuses. To find out more about the bill go to

Then, contact your representative in Congress, urging his or her support of the bill, by accessing this site to find your representative and contact him or her by phone or email:

PAHS Supports The Paw Project and California A.B. 1230: Veterinary Medicine: Declawing Animals

The Paw Project’s mission is to educate the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing, to promote animal welfare through the abolition of the practice of declaw surgery, and to rehabilitate cats that have been declawed.

Many people, including animal lovers, do not realize that declawing is a surgical procedure in which the animal’s toes are amputated at the last joint. A portion of the bone, not just the nail, is removed. Declawing may result in permanent lameness, arthritis, and other long-term complications. The practice, although common in the United States, is actually illegal in many countries. Great Britain’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons goes so far as to declare declawing “unnecessary mutilation.”

Read more about The Paw Project at PAHS has incorporated information from The Paw Project, along with its video, into our online educational program (for upper-level grade 3 to 5), Mow Wow Animals.

Campaigning by The Paw Project and others resulted in the passage of the first anti-declaw bill (A. 1303. and S. 5532) in this country by both legislative houses, Assembly and Senate, in New York State on June 4, 2019.

Current legislation in the State of California is stalled, with A.B. 1230 (introduced by Assembly Member Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, and co-sponsored by Assembly Member David Chiu, D-San Francisco and San Mateo Counties) did not pass its committee hearing and is currently considered a two-year bill that can be reintroduced in the next legislative session. To contact your Assembly Member by phone or email to support this bill, go to:

Oppose Governor Brown’s Repeal of Part of the Hayden Law


Following testimony from dozens of advocates and representatives of local and national animal protection groups and receipt of thousands of faxed and emailed messages and phone calls, on March 14, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 voted unanimously to reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to repeal important sections of the1998 Hayden Law that sets requirements for animal shelters.

It was not enough that the Assembly Budget Subcommittee rejected Gov. Brown’s proposal. The appropriate Senate committee had to consider the proposed repeals. The Senate Budget Subcommittee held its own hearing on Wednesday, April 11 and, responding to public pressure in support of maintaining the Hayden Law, also resoundingly rejected Governor Brown’s proposals.

Palo Alto Humane Society continues to firmly oppose Governor Brown’s proposed repeal of portions in the Hayden Law that would result in reducing the required holding period for animals to 72 hours prior to euthanasia, eliminating the requirement to provide veterinary treatment for shelter animals, and eliminating the requirement to keep records for animals impounded by shelter personnel.

Repealing those portions of the law would make it more difficult for pet owners to locate lost animals and would discourage the adoption of shelter animals. The effect would be nothing more than an automatic death sentence for most animals in California’s shelters.

Continue to Voice Your Opposition Directly to Governor Brown

Contact Governor Jerry Brown to tell him you continue to opposethe repeal of these portions of Hayden Law. Animals in California’s shelters continue to be killed at rates that far outpace the rates of adoption. The public policy preference of California continues to be favoring life over death, and thus the adoption, rather than the killing, of shelter animals. Pleasebe polite.

Call Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Fax your letter of opposition to repeal of these provisions to Governor Brown at (916) 558-3177
Email Governor Brown’s office at BUDGET as subject)
Post to Governor Brown’s Facebook page at
Tweet to Governor Brown’s Twitter page at @JerryBrownGov

Crack Down on Spectators at Animal Fights

PAHS fully supports the campaign spearheaded by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Over the past decade, Congress has strengthened the penalties for and closed major loopholes in the federal animal fighting law, yet there is a remaining gap in the law that must be corrected to allow for a more comprehensive crackdown on this barbaric activity—there is no penalty for attending an animal fight. It’s the spectators who fuel dog fights and cock fights with their admission fees and gambling wagers. The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (S. 1947 / HR 2492) has been introduced to prohibit knowing attendance at an organized animal fight and to impose additional penalties for exposing a child to this violence and blood-letting.

Please make a brief, polite phone call to Senators Barbara Boxer (202) 224-3553 and Diane Feinstein (202) 224-3841 and Representative Anna G. Eshoo (202) 225-8804, urging co-sponsorship of S. 1947 / HR 2492. If you are not in Representative Eshoo’s district, look up your representative’s phone number.

Don’t forget to send a follow-up message.

PAHS Enters Joe Simitian’s Contest “There Oughta Be a Law”

The Palo Alto Humane Society has entered State Senator Joe Simitian’s contest “There Oughta Be a Law.” Every year Senator Simitian selects at least one idea submitted by his constituents and introduces that idea as a legislative proposal. Proposals submitted by 18 contest winners have been enacted as California law.

PAHS is proposing amending the California penal code with regard to sentencing for animal cruelty convictions. PAHS is suggesting court-mandated counseling for all felony cruelty convictions as well as counseling at the presiding judge’s discretion in cases of misdemeanor convictions. The link between early cruelty to animals and subsequent violent cruelty to humans has been amply documented. PAHS believes that early intervention through counseling can prevent much suffering by humans and animals alike.

For the complete text of the PAHS proposal, click here.

Put an end to cruelty to elephants in Santa Ana, CA!

Palo Alto Humane Society has been asked to spearhead a Northern California campaign to prohibit Have Trunk Will Travel from offering elephant rides at the Santa Ana Zoo.

Findings from an investigation by the City of Santa Ana and Animal Defense International reportedly show that Have Trunk Will Travel has infringed California laws governing the handling of captive elephants. Abuse to elephants is horrifying, often involving the use of bull hooks and electric shocks. Please voice your concern about inhumane treatment of elephants by asking Santa Ana Mayor Miguel A. Pulido and the Santa Ana City Council to cancel all appearances provided by Have Trunk Will Travel.

Email Mayor Pulido at:

Email the City Council at:

On March 22, 2012, members of the Orange County Fair Board voted 7 to 1 in favor of halting elephant rides at the fair grounds and not renewing their contract with Have Trunk Will Travel. In a letter to the Orange County Fair Board, PAHS had written, “Abuse to elephants is especially horrifying to the public because of the sympathy felt for this giant, family-oriented animal who should be living free of torment by trainers with bull hooks, electric prods, and tackle. We urge you to take a leadership position in ending this unnecessary cruelty.” PAHS thanks everyone who took a stand against cruelty to elephants and to the Orange County Fair Board for taking positive action. Click here for more details.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Holds Workshop Declaring War on Cats!

The agency recently conducted a workshop in which “conservation activists” were trained to protest TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) efforts to protect community (abandoned and alley) cats. Fish and Wildlife has failed to propose humane programs that have successfully controlled community cat populations without euthanizing healthy cats.

Learn more and join Best Friends Animal Sanctuary’s campaign to protest the inhumane treatment of community cats by visiting:

Make Room for One More

In recent years, between six and eight million (6-8 million) animals have found themselves in shelters throughout the country annually. About half of those animals, three to four million (3-4 million), are euthanized due to space or budgetary restrictions.

Our current times provide additional pressure. Critical financial situations are forcing individuals to surrender not only their homes but often family pets as well, due to relocation restrictions or inability to afford veterinary care. Shelters are overwhelmed with surrendered dogs, cats, and other animal companions.
PAHS encourages individuals with the space, means, and heart to “make room for one more” and adopt a second or third shelter animal. Doing so will provide relief for many animals while simultaneously bringing great joy to new households.

PAHS has resourced and provided a list of California shelters, so click here to find a shelter near you. Being an animal caregiver is an important responsibility, so PAHS urges you to thoroughly consider the time, energy, compassion, and money it takes to care for an adopted pet during the animal’s entire lifetime.More information on parenting animal companions can be seen here.

Animal Agribusiness

By far, factory farming – more accurately known as animal agribusiness – is the most pervasive system of animal abuse created. On a global scale, big business has crushed any semblance of a family farm with large factories. Those in animal agribusiness are now enmeshed in a system so large that direct relationship with the animals does not exist. This created model now inherently perpetuates a fundamental problem: without direct and natural relationships, deviations from natural boundaries are allowed to exist as are the obliged ethical actions which would normally follow. In this unsustainable, unnatural, too-large system, animals are easily able to be treated as products because they are not ever interacted with in a normal, natural way and thus are never known, understood, or considered in a naturally ethical way. They are denied access to nature, sunlight, their natural food diet, normal living space, normal expression, and normal species interaction. Additionally, animals are subjected to abuse, neglect, hormones, antibiotics, and food that is unnatural to their herbivore diets (sometimes even consisting of animal remains).

PAHS pursues ways to address this very large and very important issue, whether it be networking, researching, interviewing, certifying Humane Planet partners, or disseminating information to seek reform. One example is Proposition 2. PAHS worked hard on promoting and advertising the necessity to pass Proposition 2 in November 2008. See more about this important piece of legislation here. Proposition 2 was important, as it required animals to have more space to move, turn around and extend their limbs by 2015; however much remains to be done. Become one of our Humane Ambassadors and help us create necessary change.

Foie Gras

A sub-category of animal agribusiness, foie gras production, is one of the most inhumane abuses allowed to exist. In fact, international outrage at the inherent cruelties of foie gras production has resulted in bans of the product in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Israel, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K. Additionally, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed a bill into law that will ban the production and sale of foie gras from force-fed birds in California in 2012. In a progressive move, San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom has already removed foie gras from all eight of his Bay Area PlumpJack restaurants. This humane action followed a resolution passed by the city’s Board of Supervisors both condemning foie gras production for its inherently abusive nature and commending restaurants that don’t serve this cruel product.

Investigatory videos shows ducks crammed in filthy, feces-ridden sheds and ducks suffering and dying of organ rupture after being force fed nearly four pounds of corn mush a day through metal pipes shoved down the birds’ throats. The three daily force-feedings frequently choke, injure or kill the birds by gouging open their throats with the metal pipe. By the end of the force-feeding process, ducks are physically debilitated with livers five to ten times normal size and many are unable to stand or walk.

PAHS has sent letters to nine of our community’s restaurants, which still purchase and serve foie gras, requesting that they follow precedent and eliminate foie gras from their menus. Please show your support to banning foie gras by telling these restaurants to stop offering it and by patronizing these restaurants only after they have permanently eliminated foie gras from their menus.

British Banker’s Club (BBC)
1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
(650) 327-8769
Contact: Lance White

Bistro Basia
201 S. California Ave., Palo Alto
(650) 322-4500
Contact: Basia Mora

Duck Club at Stanford Park Hotel
100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Contact: Alex Guilliano

Shokolaat Restaurant
(*We’ve been told that they’ve discontinued foie gras but online menus counter this)
516 University Ave., Palo Alto
(650) 289-0719
Contact: Shekoh Moossavi

Mantra Restaurant and Lounge
632 Emerson St., Palo Alto
Contact: Ashwani Dhawan

Marche Restaurant (Hudson Valley)
898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park
Contact: Lee Isgur

Bistro Elan (Sonoma)
448 S California Ave., Palo Alto
Contact: Ambjorn Lindskog

625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Contact: Ana Artadi

Vida Bistro
641 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
Contact: Ali El Safy

Straits Café
3295 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 494-7168
Contact: Everardo Lombera

Eggs from cage-free hens

Undercover footage collected by East Bay Animal Advocates (EBAA) of an egg farm owned by NuCal Foods, a supplier to many of our community’s markets, shows footage of hens confined in cages so small they are unable to behave in any way naturally and, in fact, can barely move; chickens with body parts entangled and skin abraded by the wire mesh; and birds laying eggs in cages with the decomposing corpses of other hens.

These conditions are standard in battery cage operations. To maximize profit, the five multinational corporations which run virtually all of the nation’s chicken growing operations have “streamlined” processes and facilities. More chickens can be grown at a time if more chickens can be crowded into each cage and if the rows and rows of cages are stacked several high. Additionally, these hens in battery cages are generally grown in metal tunnel facilities, with no sunlight and no fresh air. The human abuse which often plays a role and the unnatural diets that these chickens are fed help complete a picture of this disturbing industry.

At a minimum, PAHS asks you to vote for healthier food for you and more humane conditions for animals by not purchasing any eggs which are not certified organic and labeled “free range” or “cage-free”. Play an important role in promoting animal-friendly business practices by asking local schools and markets which still purchase eggs from large producers to stop immediately and adopt an exclusive cage-free egg policy. Several retailers in the region, including Andronico’s Market, Whole Foods Market, New Leaf Community Markets and Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, have already adopted policies to carry only cage-free eggs.

This is a critical step in creating improved conditions, however it is important to note that many current “organic” and “free range” egg products in markets come from large producers with industrial facilities and thus only adhere to the absolute minimum requirements. For example, “free range” can mean that chickens may only have access to a small wall opening leading to a 6’ x 6’ confined outdoor space. As ethical considerations become requirements for big agribusiness if they are to take part in this growing movement, than deviations from optimal, natural, healthy farms will persist as they continue to be profit-focused. Your local Farmer’s Market, where eggs come from local hens of farmers with organic community farms, is optimal for animals, people and planet.


Further details on its signing into law can be found on the SF Gate Web site

Shark Finning is the barbaric practice of cutting the fins off a shark while alive and dumping the shark back into the ocean to starve or drown. This is done primarily to provide fins for shark fin soup, an expensive dish of Chinese origin thought to be a status symbol and ordered to impress. In addition to the clear cruelty of the shark finning practice and the highly questionable reasons to consume the product in the first place, sharks are critical to the health of ecosystems. Because of increased demand, fishermen and middlemen (sometimes associated with mafia-type gangs) slaughter sharks wherever they can find them in order to satisfy the market. Subsequently, consumption of increasing quantities of fin are placing an unsustainable and crippling demand on shark populations. It takes seven to 20 years for sharks to reach maturity, and thus years to recover from ecological imbalance. Sharks are top predators: when they are removed from the ocean, entire ecosystems suffer.

Landmark legislation to ban shark fins in California

On February 14th, 2011, Assembly Members Paul Fong and Jared Huffman introduced AB 376, a pivotal conservation and humane bill that, if passed, will ban the sale and distribution of shark fins in California.

We urge you to write your California state senatorand assembly memberin support of AB 376. The bill faces steep opposition from reactionary groups and every humane voice, including yours, will add strength to this landmark campaign.

Shark fins are typically consumed in the form of shark fin soup, a high-end delicacy found mostly in Chinese restaurants. Shark fining is widely recognized as an appallingly inhumane and wasteful practice. The standard industry practice is to dismember a shark’s fins, the only lucrative part of the creature’s body, and then toss the remaining carcass back into ocean. The finless, incapacitated sharks endure a slow and agonizing death as they sink to the ocean floor.

Shark finning is also an environmental nightmare. In just the past 15 years we’ve seen a 99 percent decline in oceanic whitetip sharks in the Gulf of Mexico and an 89 percent decline in hammerhead sharks in the northwest Atlantic. Removing sharks, a top-predator of the seas, at such radically unsustainable rates carries grave repercussions for the integrity of our oceans.

Shark fining is devastating for coral reefs and kelp forests, ecosystems many people depend on for food. Furthermore, sharks mature and reproduce at a slow rate and bear few offspring, rendering them particularly vulnerable to overfishing. This explains why The Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of our nation’s most reputable voices on marine sustainability, is staunchly behind AB 376.

California is one of the international epicenters of the shark fin market. If passed, AB 376 will send ripples across the globe and will be remembered as one of the landmark marine sustainability bills that turned the tide in efforts to protect our oceans.

Your voice is needed. Please take a few moments to write a letter in support of AB 376.

The full Assembly Bill can be seen here.

Please contact the following restaurants and ask that they stop sales of any products containing shark fins:

On the Peninsula

Taipan Restaurant 560 Waverley St
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 329-9168

Su Hong Eatery
4101 El Camino Way
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 493-4664

Fu Lam Mum Restaurant
246 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA
(650) 967-1689

Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant
1135 N. Lawrence Expwy
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(408) 734-2828

Joy Luck Place
10911 N. Wolfe Rd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 255-6988

Joy Luck Place
88 East 4th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 343-6988

The Kitchen
279 El Camino Real (at La Cruz)
Millbrae, CA
(650) 692-9688

365 Gellert Blvd.
Daly City, CA 94015
(650) 992-9000

In San Francisco

8 Immortals Seafood Restaurant
1433 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 731-5515

Bay Fung Tong Seafood Tea House
327 Balboa St
San Francisco 94118
(415) 221-8498

Capital Restaurant
839 Clay St
San Francisco 94108
(415) 397-6269

Chinatown Restaurant
700 Washington St
San Francisco 94108
(415) 392-7958

Dol Ho
808 Pacific Ave
San Francisco 94133
(415) 392-2828

Dragon River
5045 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 387-8512

Emmy’s Restaurant
1923 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94127
(415) 585-9880

Far East Café Restaurant
631 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 982-3245

Four Seas Restaurant
731 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 989-8188

Gold Mountain Restaurant
644 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

Go Go Cafe & Restaurant
1830 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 661-4289

Grand Palace Restaurant
950 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 982-3705

Great Eastern Restaurant
649 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 986-2500

Han Goeng Restaurant
1935 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 682-8938

Happy Garden Restaurant
815 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 387-4011

Hong Kong Clay Pot
960 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 989-2638

Hong Kong Restaurant
2588 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 665-8338

Jumbo Seafood Restaurant
1532 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 681-1800

Kirin Restaurant
6135 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 752-2268

Lee Hou Restaurant
332 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 668-8070

Lichee Garden Restaurant
1416 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 397-2290

Louie’s California Chinese Cuisine
646 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 291-8038

Mayflower Restaurant
6255 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 387-8338

Ocean Restaurant
726 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 668-8896

Oriental Pearl Restaurant
778 Clay St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 433-1817

Parc Hong Kong
5322 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121 (415) 668-8998

San Wong Restaurant
1682 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-1453

Shanghai 1930
133 Steuart St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 896-5600

South Sea Seafood Village Restaurant
1420 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 665-8210

Szechuan Second Restaurant
655 Ellis St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 346-2823

Taipei Chinese Restaurant
2666 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 753-3338

Tian Sing Restaurant
138 Cyril Magnin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 398-1338

Kay Cheung Restaurant
615 Jackson St
San Francisco 94133
(415) 989-6838

Y. Ben House Restaurant
835 Pacific Ave
San Francisco 94133
(415) 397-3168

Yet Wah Restaurant
5238 Diamond Heights Blvd
San Francisco 94131
(415) 282-0788

Happy Bakery
2253 Irving St
San Francisco 94122
(415) 661-8261

In the East Bay

East Ocean Seafood Restaurant
1713 Webster St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 865-3381

Tsing Tao Seafood Restaurant
200 Broadway
Oakland, CA
(510) 465-8811

Restaurant Peony
388 Ninth Street, Suite 288
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 286-8866

Legendary Palace
708 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 663-9188

Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant
3199 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 655-3388