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The sponsors of SB 1221 allege that the use of hounds is inhumane, unsporting and unfair. Unfortunately, the information they use to support this bill comes from anti-hunting organizations that have no motivation to be truthful about the practice.

Hunting with hounds is not only humane but a sensible and valuable tool for wildlife management. Hound hunting is virtually the only form of non-consumptive hunting, and is very similar to catch-and-release fishing. It allows an animal’s age and sex to be determined before any attempt to harvest is made. It also allows a houndsman to determine if a female is pregnant, nursing, or has offspring so that they can be left alive and well in the tree. The use of hounds allows for the timely and accurate resolution of incidents involving threats to public safety or livestock by identifying, locating, and taking only the offending animal.

Not only is this bill unreasonable as a hunting and wildlife management measure, but it places the lives of our dogs in danger. Any dog determined to be a threat to a "big game mammal" can be captured and/or "dispatched" (i.e. KILLED) by game wardens, and the owner of the dog would have no recourse.

CURRENT BILL STATUS


MEASURE : S.B. No. 1221
AUTHOR(S) : Lieu (Coauthor: Senator Steinberg).
TOPIC : Mammals: use of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats.
HOUSE LOCATION : ASM
+LAST AMENDED DATE : 03/26/2012


TYPE OF BILL :
Active
Non-Urgency
Non-Appropriations
Majority Vote Required
State-Mandated Local Program
Fiscal
Non-Tax Levy

LAST HIST. ACT. DATE: 06/04/2012
LAST HIST. ACTION : Referred to Com. on W., P. & W.
COMM. LOCATION : ASM WATER, PARKS AND WILDLIFE
HEARING DATE : 06/26/2012

TITLE : An act to amend Section 3960 of, and to repeal Section
4756 of, the Fish and Game Code, relating to mammals.
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Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee
1020 N Street, Room 160
Sacramento, California 95814
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916.319.2196 fax

Jared Huffman, chair
P.O. Box 942849, Room 3120, Sacramento, CA 94249-0006; (916) 319-2006

Linda Halderman, Vice Chair
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4009, Sacramento, CA 94249-0029; (916) 319-2029

Bill Berryhill
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Bob Blumenfield
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Nora Campos
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2175, Sacramento, CA 94249-0023; (916) 319-2023

Paul Fong
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5135, Sacramento, CA 94249-0022; (916) 319-2022

Beth Gaines
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Mike Gatto
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4140, Sacramento, CA 94249-0043; (916) 319-2043

Roger Hernandez
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5150, Sacramento, CA 94249-0057; (916) 319-2057

Ben Hueso
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5144, Sacramento, CA 94249-0079; (916) 319-2079

Brian W. Jones
P.O. Box 942849, Room 3147, Sacramento, CA 94249-0077; (916) 319-2077

Ricardo Lara
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2179, Sacramento, CA 94249-0050; (916) 319-2050

Mariko Yamada
State Capitol, Room 5160, Sacramento, CA 94248-0001; (916) 319-2008
 
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