The California Senate’s passage of SB. 1221 last month was a serious wake-up call for sportsmen. The bill, which would ban all hunting of bears and bobcats with hounds, was heavily promoted by the anti-hunting Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
As we’ve suggested, the bill was not just an attempt by anti-hunting activists to ban hunting with hounds, but to establish a foot in the door toward banning all hunting in California. Since then, HSUS’ CEO Wayne Pacelle has partially admitted this strategy, telling the San Francisco Chronicle, “… You might as well include all bear and bobcat hunting.”
(How can sportsmen ensure the future of hound hunting in California? Take the poll!)
Fortunately, for now, Pacelle won’t get his wish. The bill didn’t earn enough votes to make it out of the California Assembly’s Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee yesterday. However, California law allows the committee chairman to bring the bill back for a re-vote within one week.
How did hunters win this round?
“It all came down to last-minute telephone calls from hunters to key Assembly members on the committee,” said Evan Heusinkveld, director of state services for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Now more than ever, it is critical for all California hunters to contact their Assembly member today and ask for a no vote on SB 1221.”
Are you a California hunter? To find your Assembly member’s contact info, visit the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.