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Posted: 24 February 2017. Updated: 2 October 2018

US Congress

Animal Emergency Planning Act

ADI supports the Animal Emergency Planning Act (HR3792), sponsored by Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and 51 bipartisan cosponsors. The bill, which requires animal exhibitors to develop and implement emergency contingency plans, was introduced after storms such as the Category 4/5 Hurricane Irma, where the Miami Seaquarium left its animals, including Lolita, to fend for themselves.

US contacts to support the Animal Emergency Planning Act (HR3792).

Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act

ADI supports the Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act (S503), sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), which seeks to require the USDA to make publicly available certain regulatory records relating to the administration of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the use of an alternative depreciation system for taxpayers violating rules under the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, among other purposes. Early in 2017, the USDA scrubbed its website, removing records on animal exhibitors and violations that were previously publicly available, further sheltering violators and potential violators from oversight and accountability. These records are crucial to ADI’s work, and to all those who monitor and advocate against animal cruelty. In 2018, USDA announced it would no longer require exhibitors who have 8 fewer less pet animals, farm animals, and small exotic/wild animals to be licensed (or overseen) under the Act. USDA is stepping back in time, leaving animals unprotected.

US contacts to support the Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act.

BEST Practices Act
ADI supports the BEST Practices Act (Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act - HR1243/S498), sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), and 149 bipartisan cosponsors, which requires the Secretary of Defense to use only human-based methods to train military in the treatment of combat injuries.
US contacts to support the BEST Practices Act (HR1243).

Big Cat Public Safety Act
ADI supports the Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR1818/S2990), sponsored by Rep. Denham (R-CA), Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT), and 143 bipartisan cosponsors. The bill seeks to prohibit the private possession and breeding of lions, tigers, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars, and their hybrids. In 20 years, there have reportedly been 22 human deaths, 144 cat deaths, 248 maulings, and 260 escapes related to these species. Captive breeding negatively impacts wild populations. ADI submitted comments to the USDA, citing longstanding enforcement issues and supporting a similar petition to prohibit public contact with bears, nonhuman primates, and big cats. Captive breeding negatively impacts wild populations, and yet, authorities have no accounting of how many big cats live, die, or are traded in the US.

US contacts to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR1818/S2990).

DELTA Act
ADI supports the DELTA Act (the Defending Economic Livelihoods and Threatened Animals Act - HR4819/S3196), which passed the House and moved to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July 2018. We thank the bill’s 45 bipartisan sponsors, and lead sponsors - Representatives Fortenberry and Royce, and Senators Portman and Coons. The DELTA Act seeks US partnership with Angola, Botswana, Namibia, neighboring countries, and the public and private sector to promote responsible wildlife management in the greater Okavango River Basin, to protect traditional wildlife migration routes, combat trafficking, and address local communities’ health, development and economic growth. Wildlife trafficking destabilizes local communities, funds terrorist networks, and decimates endangered species across Africa - wildlife trafficking is a $7-$10 billion industry.

“We do have a once in a lifetime chance to change the trajectory here … Time is running out for us to save some of the most iconic wildlife on earth” Sen. Coons, speaking about the DELTA Act at a recent congressional dialogue at the US Institute of Peace, arguing the benefits of biodiversity conservation and ecotourism as a win-win for animals and humans.
US contacts to support the DELTA Act (HR4819/S3196).

Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act, to permit import of polar bear hunting trophies into the US

ADI strongly opposes the Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act (HR224), which would permit the import of polar bear sport hunted trophies into the US. Polar bears are facing increasing threats - they need protection to survive potential extinction in our lifetimes.
US contacts to oppose HR224.
Find out more about ADI conservation campaigns.

HR226 to permit certain trade of ivory and elephant trophies into the US

ADI strongly opposes the African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act (HR226), which would permit certain ivory trade and the import of elephant sport hunted trophies in the US. Elephants are facing catastrophic threats - they need protection to survive potential extinction in our lifetimes.
US contacts to oppose HR226.
Find out more about ADI conservation campaigns.

FACT Act
ADI supports the FACT Act (the Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing Act – HR816), sponsored by Rep. Calvert (R-CA) and 69 bipartisan cosponsors, which seeks to improve reporting about animal testing and alternative test methods use by federal agencies.

US contacts to support the FACT Act (HR816).

HRes 244 - Expressing support for Japan to end its whaling in all forms and to strengthen measures to conserve whale populations

ADI supports HRes 244, sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and 22 bipartisan cosponsors, which urges Japan to end whaling in all forms, and seeks to strengthen measures to conserve whale populations.
US contacts to support HRes 244.

HRes30 - Condemning the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, and urging China to end the dog meat trade, and HRes401 - Urging China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, and all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade
ADI supports HRes30 (sponsored by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and 175 bipartisan cosponsors) and HRes401 (sponsored by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and 146 bipartisan cosponsors). It’s time to end these atrocities.
US contacts to support HRes30 and HRes401.

Humane Cosmetics Act

ADI supports the Humane Cosmetics Act (HR2790), sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) and 176 bipartisan cosponsors, to prohibit animal testing for cosmetics. ADI worked with the NAVS for decades on the successful EU cosmetics ban. Let’s bring the US in line with public opinion and 37 countries who’ve banned cruel and needless testing.

US contacts to support the Humane Cosmetics Act (HR2790).

KITTEN Act
ADI supports the Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act (KITTEN Act/HR5780), sponsored by Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) and 39 bipartisan cosponsors, which would direct Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to end the use of cats in experiments that cause pain or stress.

“I’m shocked and disturbed that for decades the USDA—the very organization charged with enforcing animal welfare laws—has been unnecessarily killing hundreds of kittens in expensive and inefficient lab experiments. Any government research program like this one that’s been funded since the Nixon administration needs to be put under the microscope, especially when it involves using kittens as disposable test tubes in harmful tests that most taxpayers oppose,” Rep. Bishop said in a press release.
Rep. Bishop also wrote a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Perdue, expressing concerns and seeking more information about secretive and problematic experiments on cats and kittens at a Maryland US Department of Agriculture laboratory, where hundreds of kittens are bred, fed parasite-infected raw meat, and then incinerated, even though the agency admits the kittens are healthy at the study’s completion.

US contacts to support the KITTEN Act (HR5780).

Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act of 2017

ADI supports the ORCA Act (HR1584), sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and 29 bipartisan cosponsors, which seeks to prohibit the taking, import, and export of orcas and orca products for public display, and to prohibit breeding for exhibition. Orcas swim >100 miles/day, easily diving >600feet – they belong in the wild, not a tiny tank. ADI applauds California passing Senator Bloom’s state version in 2016!

US contacts to support the ORCA Act (HR1584).

PACE Act
ADI supports the PACE Act (HR4202), sponsored by Rep. Roskam (R-IL) and 54 bipartisan cosponsors, which seeks to amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit animal fighting in US.
US contacts to support the PACE Act (HR4202).

ProTECT Act
ADI supports the ProTECT Act(HR5690), sponsored by Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX), which seeks to amend the Endangered Species Act to prohibit the taking for a trophy of any endangered or threatened species in the US and the importation of endangered and threatened species trophies into the US.
US contacts to support the ProTECT Act (HR5690).

Public Safety and Wildlife Protection Act
ADI supports the Public Safety and Wildlife Act (HR1629) which seeks to restrict the use of steel-jaw leghold traps and Conibear traps on animals in the United States.
US contacts to support the Public Safety and Wildlife Protection Act.

PUPPERS Act
ADI supports the PUPPERS Act (HR3197), sponsored by Rep. Brat (R-VA) and 82 bipartisan cosponsors, which seeks prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from conducting medical research causing “significant pain or distress” to dogs
US contacts to support the PUPPERS Act (HR3197).

SAFE Act
ADI supports the SAFE Act (HR113/S1706), sponsored by Rep. Buchanan, Sen. Menendez (D-NJ), and 240 bipartisan cosponsors, which seeks to end the trade in horse meat for human consumption in the US.
US contacts to support the SAFE Act (HR113/S1706).

SAVES Act, HR2603
The misleadingly entitled “Saving America’s Endangered Species Act” (SAVES Act , HR2603) seeks to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for all species not native to the US. This would include elephants, tigers, lions, chimpanzees, parrots, macaws and other nonnative animals in captivity and, where introduced by humans, the wild. The bill is contrary to widespread public opinion supporting ESA protections for threatened species and judicial precedent extending ESA protections to captive individuals.
US contacts to oppose HR2603.

WILD Act
ADI supports the WILD Act (S826), which seeks to support certain programs, funding, and prize competitions to aid in the prevention of wildlife poaching and trafficking, wildlife conservation, the management of invasive species, the protection of endangered species, and non-lethal management of human-wildlife conflicts. The WILD Act passed the Senate June 8, 2017, and is now before the US House!
US contacts to support the WILD Act.

Bills threatening endangered species and wildlife protections

ADI opposes the various bills introduced to limit, end, or otherwise lessen the effectiveness and/or authority of the Endangered Species Act and/or the Environmental Protection Agency, including, among others, (HR958), (HR376), (HR935), (HR1863), (HR861), which seeks to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. Species are facing increasing threats - we can’t turn away from necessary Endangered Species Act protections.

ADI strongly opposes these bills; most Americans support ESA’s wildlife protections, which passed during the Nixon administration with overwhelming bipartisan support, declaring “that all Federal departments and agencies shall seek to conserve endangered species and threatened species and shall utilize their authorities in furtherance of the purposes of this Act."

US contacts to support Environmental Protection Agency and Endangered Species Act protections, and to oppose HR958, S376/HR1273, S935/HR2134, and HR861.

Find out more about ADI conservation campaigns.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

USDA - Proposed rule making to address rubber stamp license renewal process

In 2017, ADI responded to USDA’s call for comments on its animal exhibitor licensure renewal process. Remarkably, USDA does not now evaluate or require current compliance with the law before renewing an animal exhibitor’s license. The practice has permitted longstanding violators to continue operations even where USDA may have cited the exhibitor repeatedly. Courts have upheld USDA’s practice, citing longstanding judicial deference to agencies implementing their statutory requirements, though one judge recently called out the agency turning a blind eye to known violations, holding that “[r]eliance on facts that an agency knows are false at the time it relies on them is the essence of arbitrary and capricious decisionmaking.”

In early 2017, USDA scrubbed its website removing previously publicly available information necessary to determine and provide a check on USDA oversight of licensed exhibitors. To date, there remains limited publicly available information for stakeholder review. In July 2018, USDA proposed further loosening of its oversight responsibilities, declaring it will no longer require licensing for exhibitors with 8 or fewer pet animals, farm animals, or small exotic/wild animals.

ADI comments in 2017, urging USDA to draft rules to: (a) require licensees’ compliance with the Animal Welfare Act BEFORE issuing a renewal, and (b) streamline termination process to address longstanding, repeated violations which, currently, can go on for years, even decades.

USDA 
Petition to ban public contact with big cats, bears, and nonhuman primates.

In 2016, the 50th anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act, ADI submitted comments citing longstanding enforcement issues and supporting a petition to prohibit public contact with bears, nonhuman primates, and big cats. Wild animals are inherently unsuitable for public contact.

US contacts to urge an update to the 50-year-old Animal Welfare Act and a comprehensive assessment to address chronic enforcement issues.

USDA - Marine Mammal proposed rule making ignores current evidence

In 2016, despite mounting evidence, proposed USDA rulemaking for marine mammals provided no species prohibitions or increased space requirements (which haven’t changed since 1984). Citing industry “burden,” certain proposals lessen requirements and allow longer interactive (swim-with-dolphin) programs, despite their impact.

Read ADI’s comments here and our joint submission with Animal Welfare Institute and twelve other welfare organizations here.

Department of the Interior: US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS)

The National Park Service plans to reverse ban on barbaric hunting practices on federal lands in Alaska
In 2018, ADI wrote in opposition to NPS proposed plans to reverse a 3-year ban on barbaric hunting practices on federal lands in Alaska, including the killing of black bears and their cubs; the baiting of black and brown bears; the use of dogs to hunt black bears; the killing of wolves, coyotes, and pups during denning season; and the killing of swimming caribou. Ignoring federal ecosystem conservation policies against favoring one species over another, and appearing to contradict their own previous findings of the impact on natural predator-prey dynamics and public safety, the NPS attributes its reversal to orders from Secretary of Interior Zinke to “expand access significantly for recreational hunting.”
ADI’s 2018 comments in opposition:
Please join ADI in opposing these previously prohibited and barbaric hunting practices on federal preserve lands in Alaska. Take action TODAY and before midnight EST on November 5, 2018 – and submit your comment to the NPS online: at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket number RIN 1024-AE38. Use our template letter to oppose these practices. Important: please include ‘NPS’ and ‘RIN 1024-AE38’ on all comments and correspondence. If you receive a response, please forward to usa@ad-international.org. Thank you.

International Wildlife Conservation Council to promote trophy hunting; USFWS considers lion and elephant trophy imports

In November 2017, ADI submitted comments to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) opposing the establishment of a proposed “International Wildlife Conservation Council” to “increase[e] public awareness domestically regarding the conservation, wildlife law enforcement, and economic benefits” of trophy hunting. The proposed council would advise the federal government, through Interior Secretary Zinke, on the alleged “benefits international hunting has on foreign wildlife and habitat conservation, anti-poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking programs, and other ways in which international hunting benefits human populations.” This inquiry proceeds and centers itself upon a preconceived, unproven premise; the question itself has the bias built in, and so is a failure of scientific analysis.

Killing is not conservation. The US is the world’s largest trophy importer. In 2013, Economists at Large reported “hunting companies contribute only 3% of their revenue to communities living in hunting areas.” The evidence shows the claimed financial benefits of trophy hunting to local communities are largely exaggerated, and bear little actual connection to conservation, whereas eco-tourism was found to generate substantial economic benefit in direct earnings, > 15 times that for game farming and trophy hunting.

Trophy hunting is a very small part of the tourism industry in most countries. Overall trophy hunting accounts for less than 2% of tourism revenues. Even this seems an overstatement – several figures above, including the outlier figure of Botswana are based on unpublished sources

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As a portion of any national economy, trophy hunting is completely insignificant, with revenue never accounting for more than 0.27% of GDP (Namibia). Authors such as Barnett and Patterson (2006) who claim trophy hunting can account for several percent of GDP are misguided.
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trophy hunting revenues fail to reach rural communities. Any suggestion that trophy hunting can play a significant role in economic development at a wider scale is completely implausible when the industry is considered in the context of national economic activity.[i]

The argument for pay-to-slay permitting, or killing as conservation, is stymied by its utter failure, despite a longstanding history, to stem the staggering decline of numerous species over the last century. By contrast, sustainable, non-consumptive tourism provides local communities lasting economic benefit and incentivizes wildlife conservation.

What has been shown however, is the potential link between trophy hunting and wildlife trafficking. Trophy hunting provides avenues and cover for illicit trafficking; for example, lion bone trade is on the rise, as skeletons obtained via canned hunting operations have stirred market demand, with related spikes in poaching of both wild and captive lion populations. A 2016 US House report also identified negative impacts of trophy hunting in sub-Saharan Africa, finding “many troubling examples of funds either being diverted from their purpose or not being dedicated to conservation in the first place,” and “no merit to claims that hunting deters poaching.” Shockingly, taxpayers cover “92% of all permit fees,” “subsidizing” trophy hunting, despite its typically affluent participants. The 2016 report called for increased oversight, citing US responsibility given its premier role in imports, and described problematic permitting as “arbitrary, confusing, and not based on sound science,” which relied upon data provided by biased parties (i.e. Safari Club International).

2017 ADI submission to USFWS opposing trophy hunting council

2017 NGO letter refuting canned lion hunting conservation claims

2016 US House report

Update: 39 US legislators, including TEAPSPA sponsor Rep. Raul Grijalva, have joined ADI and other groups to oppose the International Wildlife Conservation Council. Read their letter here.

Click here for more on ADI’s conservation work.

The National Park Service plans to reverse ban on barbaric hunting practices on federal lands in Alaska

The NPS plans to reverse a 3-year ban on barbaric hunting practices on federal lands in Alaska, including the killing of black bears and their cubs; the baiting of black and brown bears; the use of dogs to hunt black bears; the killing of wolves, coyotes, and pups during denning season; and the killing of swimming caribou.

Ignoring federal ecosystem conservation policies against favoring one species over another, and appearing to contradict their own previous findings of the impact on natural predator-prey dynamics and public safety, the NPS attributes its reversal to orders from Secretary of Interior Zinke to “expand access significantly for recreational hunting.”

Please join ADI in opposing these previously prohibited and barbaric hunting practices on federal preserve lands in Alaska. Take action TODAY and before July 23, 2018 – and submit your comment to the NPS.

You can submit your comment:
•Using our template letter to oppose these practices.
•Online: at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket number RIN 1024-AE38.
•By email: Contact Herbert Frost, Regional Director, Alaska Regional Office at AKR_Regulations@nps.gov
•By phone: Call Herbert Frost, Regional Director, Alaska Regional Office on (907) 644-3510.

Important: Please include ‘NPS’ and ‘RIN 1024-AE38’ on all comments and correspondence. If you receive a response, please forward to usa@ad-international.org.

USFWS – CoP17 proposals

In 2016, during and in preparation for CoP17, ADI urged the US to consider increased listing protections for lions, elephants, panthers; to address rampant ivory, rhino horn, and tiger and lion bone trade, as well as the particularly US contribution of trophy hunting upon wild populations. The evidence shows trophy hunting’s claimed benefits are inflated, bear little connection to actual conservation, and don’t come close to those derived through non-consumptive tourism, which provides local communities lasting economic benefit and incentivizes conservation.

Find ADI submissions to USFWS on these matters here.

Find out more about ADI conservation campaigns.

USFWS - approved import and sale of 18 wild African elephants to US zoos

USFWS failed 18 wild elephants by permitting their capture and import to US zoos, citing Swaziland’s threat to otherwise kill the elephants. ADI joined numerous scientists, conservationists, and welfare and policy experts against the unethical strong arm permit approvals and dubious claims of “overpopulation” threatening other species. No serious efforts were made to keep the elephants in Africa where they belong. They deserved better. In June 2017, a prominent US District Court, while approving USFWS discretion, which allowed yet another export and sale of endangered animals - this time retired laboratory chimps to zoos in the UK - despite widespread condemnation and offers of sanctuary, openly chastised the USFWS’ pay-to-play practices as contrary to the central tenants of the Endangered Species Act. Legislative action is required.

US contacts to oppose these practices.

Say no to US lion & elephant trophies

Last year, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) reversed policy to permit lion and elephant trophy imports from certain African countries. A public outcry ensued, and the US President called for a pause on elephant trophy imports, tweeting he’d “be very hard pressed to change [his] mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal”; he hasn’t weighed in again since. A US federal court ruled USFWS has the authority to make “holistic inquiry” regarding trophy hunting’s impact on species’ survival, but that such decisions require public notice and comment. USFWS hasn’t rescinded its 2017 decisions to permit trophy imports, which were made without public notice or comment. Official US policy remains in limbo.

Most Americans (~86%) oppose big game hunting, including 34% of US hunters. Conservation experts, scientific evidence, and investigations demonstrate trophy hunting harms wild populations, stimulating demand and providing cover to nefarious traders to launder illegal products, make use of legal trade routes, and even portray themselves as trophy hunters to cover and enable illicit trade.

Call USFWS to OPPOSE TROPHY HUNTING IMPORTS into the US.

2017 Group NGO letter refuting SAPA canned lion hunting conservation claims.

2017 ADI submission to USFWS opposing trophy hunting council.

Other US campaigns

Monkey controversy continues in Florida.

ADI’s investigation into monkey breeding and supply company, Biodia in Mauritius and Spain led a trail to Hendry County, Florida, where the notorious monkey supplier plans to send thousands of monkeys to a facility to supply the US primate laboratories. Other area monkey breeding farms face lawsuits challenging the expansion of monkey breeding there, and the process permitting such action. Hendry County is now an epicenter for US primate breeding, despite opposition. ADI has reached out to state and national legislators, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Hendry County Commissioners, the city of LaBelle, and stakeholders in opposition to this cruel industry.

Elsewhere in Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is once again considering an eradication plan - despite prior failures of similar action - to ‘decrease the population’ of monkeys living in the wild there, since a tour boat operator first released six macaques decades ago.

See more on the investigation and the campaign to end monkey suffering

Read more about ADI’s investigation of the Mauritian primate trade & find out how you can take action

Oppose monkey breeding and wild monkey eradication plans in Florida

Tiger suffering in an aquarium in Houston, Texas

ADI is working with local campaigners to oppose the keeping of several white tigers in bare concrete cells at the Houston Aquarium. Unlike wild tigers whose home ranges approach 300 square miles, these tigers never go outside. White tigers are inbred and can suffer abnormal, debilitating, even lethal conditions.

Stand up for tigers in Texas:
Houston Aquarium: (713) 223-3474
 Email Landry’s Restaurants (which owns and operates the aquarium)
(800) 552-6379 or (713) 850-1010

Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii are considering state action to end circus animal suffering for wild and exotic animals. Other state campaigns are stirring in Colorado and Oregon.
To support action in your community:
In MA, support S490: https://malegislature.gov
In NY, support A8157A/S7718A, and S00276: https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator & http://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/
In NJ, support Nosey’s Law, S1093/A1923: http://bit.ly/2r0RS8w
In PA, support S248: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/index.cfm & http://www.pasen.gov
For more information on Hawaii’s proposed action: http://www.ad-international.org/publications/go.php?id=4056
In CO, ask for state legislation to stop circus suffering: http://leg.colorado.gov/find-my-legislator
In OR, ask for state legislation to stop circus suffering: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html
Wherever you live in the US, please support TEAPSPA, to end traveling wild animal acts nationwide: http://bit.ly/SupportTEAPSPA
Join the global movement to Stop Circus Suffering: http://www.stopcircussuffering.com

ADI supports leading bills in California:

California’s Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB1249), sponsored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on September 28, having previously passed the Senate and Assembly. California was the first US state to ban the use of animals for testing cosmetics; this bill outlaws the import and sale of cosmetics if the product or any component was tested on animals on or after January 1, 2020. Americans increasingly expect cruelty-free products – a 2015 Nielsen poll found the “not tested on animals” label was the most important for respondents across all age groups.

Iconic African Species Protection Act – a hunting trophy import ban bill. In May 2018, the California Senate passed the Iconic African Species Protection Act (SB1487); it passed the Assembly on August 31 but was vetoed by Jerry Brown on September 28. Sponsored by Senator Henry Stern, SB1487 seeks to prohibit the possession of body parts from certain, threatened African species, including lions, elephants, leopards, hyena, giraffe, hippos, zebra, and rhinos.
SB1263: Ocean Protection Council – statewide microplastics strategy, sponsored by Senator Portantino, to establish the council and require it to develop, adopt and implement a statewide microplastics strategy to prevent and reduce impacts to marine environments.
SB1024 California’s Animal Cruelty and Violence Intervention Act of 2018, sponsored by Senator Wilk, would increase penalties and require those convicted of animal cruelty to complete a mental health evaluation and a state-certified education course.
SB1138, sponsored by Senator Skinner, to include plant-based meal options at licensed hospital facilities and to prison inmates, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on September 18.

If you live in California, act now! Find your legislators here.

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