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New bills in store for California

March 13th, 2009, 01:04 PM
I wish more places would have laws like this.


L.A. Unleashed

Cats, dogs and farm animals stand to benefit from California lawmakers' new bills
5:04 PM, March 10, 2009

Cats and dogs like these stand to benefit from new bills introduced by California state lawmakers Following last year's passage of Proposition 2, state lawmakers are pushing other bills that could have a big effect on California animals -- farm or otherwise.

One such bill, introduced by state Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez (D-Shafter), would outlaw the common procedure of docking dairy cows' tails except "during an individual treatment, emergency or operation, if the treatment or operation is performed by a veterinarian for veterinary purposes" with proper anesthesia.

Another new bill, introduced by Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park), would make animal hit-and-run a crime, punishable with fines and possible jail time. The bill would require a driver who's hit an animal both to stop and try to help it, and to notify either the owner or animal control. Our colleagues Eric Bailey and Patrick McGreevy report:

The assemblyman said he wrote the bill out of respect for the central role pets can play in family life, noting that he got the idea from a constituent who lost a beloved family dog.

He said he hopes to "start a dialogue" and set a precedent, alerting drivers that they bear responsibility for aiding an animal they've hit.

New York has a similar law, as do Germany and Singapore.

Eng finds it troubling that California makes it a misdemeanor to flee an accident involving property loss -- a dented fender, a crushed mailbox, a crumpled planter box -- but there is no law against a hit-and-run involving a pet.

"You can wantonly hit an animal and leave and face no consequences," Eng said. "An inanimate object has more rights."

Other bills introduced include one that would crack down on dogfighting, one that would make pet adoption tax-deductible, and another that would impose curbs on puppy mills. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) has proposed, in legislation that would piggyback Prop. 2, that all eggs imported into California from out of state be from cage-free hens.

--Lindsay Barnett

March 13th, 2009, 03:00 PM
wanna hear another good story go to the thread called question

March 13th, 2009, 04:25 PM
Wow AG,that would be great,if it's passed:thumbs up

March 13th, 2009, 05:56 PM
Yeah, people think that they can just hit an animal and drive off and that's the end of it. They need to realize this is a living creature that deserves help.

March 13th, 2009, 07:45 PM
I hope the bill also contains a provision to fine the owners of pets that were running free and got hit on the road. :fingerscr

March 13th, 2009, 07:57 PM
Not likely, but hey this is a step in the right direction. People need to stop seeing animals as disposable things you can just throw away or kill at your discretion.

March 13th, 2009, 10:08 PM
I hope the bill also contains a provision to fine the owners of pets that were running free and got hit on the road. :fingerscr

Wouldn't that be a Godsend!!!!!

March 17th, 2009, 01:51 AM
Last year I saw a dog get hit not once, but twice by speeding cars while I was out hiking along the Grand River (Cayuga). It was horrible :( The owner got out and took the dog to the vet but I'm not sure if she survived or not. This rule is definately a step in the direction.

March 17th, 2009, 07:46 AM
OMG, that's horrible! That poor dog. A couple of weeks ago when I was at the vets, they brought in a dog hit by a car as well. I felt so bad for him. I don't think he made it.:sad: