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SB 1221 bans the use of hounds in bear hunting

Will Farris
Staff Writer

Once again a proposed law from a senator in an urban area is targeting the lifestyle of we’uns that live in rural California. State Sen. Ted Lieu, of Redondo Beach, has authored a law (Senate Bill 1221) that will ban use of dogs in hunting bear and bobcat. While Lieu is the front man in this battle the real sponsor is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

This organization is not to be confused with those that protect family pets; it is an organization whose end goal is to ban hunting in America and control the way food animals are raised and treated. These are the same people who advocated the law that requires elbowroom for chickens, forcing chicken producers to move their industry out of state.

In 2003 HSUS sponsored a bill (SB 342) that would have banned all hound hunting. That effort failed even after a last ditch effort to amend the bill to specify bear hunting only. Many hunters see this bill as a prelude to laws that would ban sport hunting altogether.

There are a couple of issues I see here: Why, with California mired in record debt, are we seeing these kinds of laws? How about spending the time and money it takes to tackle special interest wants and use it to address solutions for getting us out of the money hole? And why, once again, are we being saddled with legislation from people who have no clue as to what it’s like to live in the mountains?

If there is any doubt as to the mission of HSUS, this quote from Nathan Wingrad’s website (http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=6510) of HSUS President Wayne Pacelle should clear up that question: “We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States. … We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state.”

The only way to halt the passage of SB 1221 in the California Senate is to contact your representative, Ted Gaines, at (916) 783-8232 or any other California senator and voice your opinion. This bill is currently on the Senate floor and will be brought up for a vote any time now. The timing for making a call is now, before the vote is taken.

 

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