06 October 2010

Governor Schwarzenegger vetoes bipartisan animal protection bills

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has expressed its disappointment at the veto by Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger of four separate pieces of humane legislation.

During his last act of legislative review, the governor vetoed:
  • Assembly Bill 1656, by Assembly members Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, and Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, which would have mandated labeling of animal fur on clothing apparel.
  • Assembly Bill 2012, authored by Assembly member Ted Lieu, which would have upgraded criminal penalties for animal neglect.
  • Assembly Bill 2411, authored by Assembly member Dave Jones, D-Sacramento, which would have required informational disclosures to consumers of pet insurance.
  • Assembly Bill 2743, by Assembly member Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, which sought to prohibit landlords and tenants from requiring cats to be declawed or dogs devocalized as a condition of tenancy.

The governor also enacted Senate Bill 1345 by Sen. Ron Calderon and D-Montebello, over the strong objections of the humane community. SB 1345 allows for the continued import of products made from inhumanely killed kangaroos from Australia.

The HSUS, with nearly 1.3 million members and supporters in California, reacted by issuing the following statement through their California Senior State Director, Jennifer Fearing.

“The Humane Society of the United States is very disappointed that with four strokes of his pen accompanied by dubious explanations, Governor Schwarzenegger wiped out nine months of effort to produce common-sense legislation aimed at protecting animals and consumers. Bills with strong bipartisan support and little-to-no opposition were gunned down by the lame duck governor, whose record on animal protection throughout his tenure has been spotty at best.”

Rolanda Ware | @evolvecampaigns
Rolanda is one of the directors of EVOLVE! Campaigns, a UK based campaigning organization which focuses on vegan education. Follow Rolanda on EVOLVE! Campaigns and Facebook.

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