Dori Edwards, Global Animal
Governor Jerry Brown has until September 30, 2012 to sign bill SB 1221 which prevents the hounding of bears and bobcats in the state of California.
The bill, which was authored by Senator Ted Lieu, passed the Water Parks and Wildlife Committee as well as the senate and assembly. The last step to outlaw hounding is for Governor Brown to give his approval.
When hounding, hunters use radio-collared dogs to track and hunt bears and/or bobcats. Through a portable receiver, the hunter is notified when the animal is trapped in a tree and will then proceed to find and murder them from a short range.
Hounding not only directly effects the natural species of bears and bobcats, but it often causes many young cubs to be orphaned.
This form of hunting also puts the dogs at risk of death by dehydration or wildlife confrontation, while many are abandoned in shelters.
Governor Brown only has five days to sign the bill into effect. We and the Humane Society of the United States urge animal activists to encourage Governor Brown to protect the bears, bobcats, and dogs.
Fill out and submit the Humane Society’s form to send a brief message in support of Governor Jerry Brown to encourage him to sign the bill protecting bears, bobcats, and dogs.