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Made into Law:

Proposition 2, California Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act
Now named California Farm Animal Protection Act, the act mandates that pregnant pigs, veal calves, and egg laying birds (chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, guinea fowl) have room to stand up, turn around, lie down and extend their limbs. It does not include dairy calves who replace dairy cows. More than 600,000 signatures were gathered in support of this proposition to bring in to the November ballot. Despite an $8.5 million agribusiness campaign against it, Prop 2 won 63.5 percent of the vote, winning in 46 of 58 counties and attracting more “yes” votes (more than 8 million) than any citizen initiative in California history. PAHS was active in supporting this measure throughout 2008. See our different Prop 2 advertisements in both San Francisco magazine and Sierra Magazine.

AB 2098 by Assemblyman Paul Krekorian re: Downed Animals.
Adds a check off on state income tax forms to finance low cost spay/neuter programs.

AB 2291 by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza re: Spay/Neuter.
Adds a check off on state income tax forms to finance low cost spay/neuter programs.

AB 2785 by Assemblyman Ira Ruskin re: Wildlife Corridors.
Requires the Wildlife Conservation Board to designate and protect wildlife corridors. AB 828 of 2007 on the same subject was vetoed.

AB 2911 by Assemblywoman Lois Wolk re: Oil Spills.

Among many provisions, strengthens protection against oil spills (as do AB 1806 and AB 2912, not listed in this alert) and provides for the better use of volunteers to rehabilitate wildlife.
Hearing: Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife. No date set. 
Write: Assemblywoman Lois Wolk, Chairwoman. Thank her for introducing AB 2911. Wildlife rehabilitation is dependent on the volunteers to act quickly in emergencies.

SB 685 by Senator Leland Yee re: Pet Trusts.
Strengthens pet trusts for animals in wills to provide for their care and provide oversight of the money. Mandates care for animals for their lifetime even if longer than 21 years, such as parrots and horses.
Next Hearing: Assembly Judiciary. No date set. 
Write: Assemblyman Dave Jones, Chairman. Tell him animals deserve the care and protection their people provided for them in their wills.

Status

AB 1634 by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine re: Spay/Neuter.
Requires six-month old dogs/cats to be spayed/neutered. Exempts show and hunting dogs, research, law enforcement, search/rescue, and service dogs, and dogs/cats too old or sick. Requires breeders to have permits but allows one dog litter for one year. As amended, the bill increases the fee for intact animals impounded at shelter to $50 for first offense (dogs and cats); $100 for second offense (dogs), castration for second offense (cats), castration for third offense (dogs). Would provide that an owner of an un-neutered dog and cat that is the subject of a complaint may be cited and pay a civil penalty within 30 days, which will be waived if within 14 days proof of castration is shown.
Next Hearing: Senate Local Government. 
PAHS position: Spay/neuter mandates are considered controversial with important potential negative consequences for the abandonment of animals. PAHS holds a position of qualified support only. Low-cost and free spay/neuter services are a crucial component to the effective control of pet animal populations and should be provided with spay/neuter mandates.
Status: Held under submission in Senate Appropriations Committee

AB 2233 by Assemblyman Bill Maze re: Dogs in Cars.
Prohibits having a dog, or any animal, in your lap while driving.
Status: Vetoed by Governor

AB 2281 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava re: Dog Fighting.
Strengthens existing penalty for attending a dogfight from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Status: Held under submission in Assembly Appropriations Committee

AB 2602 by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth re: Hunting.
Declares the intention of the Legislature to prohibit schools from funding or supporting the hunting or trapping of wildlife. 
Status: After strong opposition, the measure died.

SB 1121 by Senator Carole Migden re: Cloned Animals.
Requires animal products from cloned animals be labeled. SB 63 of 2007 on the same subject was vetoed. 
Next Hearing: Senate Health. No date set. 
PAHS position: Write to Senator Sheila Kuehl, Chairwoman. Tell her that consumers and the public have a right to know the origins of animals in the agriculture industry.
Status: Held under submission in Senate Appropriations Committee