These two bills are anti-hunting!

SB 1487 makes importation and possession of specified African species illegal, therefore undermining conservation benefits of hunting. SB 1487 , The Iconic African Species Protection Act, is authored by Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park).   Reasons to oppose:

  • Importation into California of specified species (and parts) of game animals lawfully taken in African countries would be banned. Federal law already sufficiently protects these species. Some are neither threatened nor endangered.
  • The sponsors can point to no valid scientific reason to ban importation.
  • The fines proposed are excessive for species that already are well-protected and can be possessed legally outside of California.

 

AB 2805 threatens wild pig hunting and changes the status of wild pigs as a game mammal. AB 2805, The wild pigs: validations, bill is authored by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R- O’Neals). If enacted, it allows property owners to destroy wild pig populations throughout the state.  Reasons to oppose:

  • The wild pig loses its game mammal status, is reclassified as an “exotic game mammal” and loses protections from over harvesting and excessive methods of take that are in place for game mammals.
  • Wild pigs will longer be managed under the principles of scientific wildlife management, but by politics, speculation and emotion, as in the case of the recent ban on bobcat trapping.

Use SCI’s Action Center to contact elected officials and voice opposition to SB 147 and AB 2805 today!

SB 1487 will be heard on the senate floor and AB 2805 will be heard on the assembly floor as early as today, and no later than Friday, June 1.

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