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HSUS Sponsors Bill to Ban Bear and Bobcat Hunting

California Outdoor Heritage Alliance

California Outdoor Heritage Alliance

SACRAMENTO, CA --( The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has joined forces with Senator Ted Lieu and Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg to introduce Senate Bill 1221, legislation that would outlaw the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats in California.

This misguided legislation not only threatens the long-standing tradition of hunting these species with hounds, but would set precedent placing all other types of hunting with dogs in serious jeopardy.

In addition to this concern, COHA is committed to ensuring that all natural resource management decisions – including method of take – are appropriately made by the California Fish and Commission, in public forum and based on the best available science.

COHA will work with our member organizations – including the California Houndsmen for Conservation and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance – and our individual members to defeat this blatant anti-hunting measure. Stay tuned to future Field Wires for more information and how you can assist COHA in this effort.

The California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA) is a partnership of conservation organizations, outdoor industry, other related interests and individuals who support science-based wildlife management and the preservation of our hunting rights in California. COHA is a 501(c)4 Political Advocacy organization dedicated solely to influencing legislative, regulatory and administrative policy decisions which promote wildlife conservation and our outdoor heritage. For more information about COHA, visit

  • 4 User comments to “HSUS Sponsors Bill to Ban Bear & Bobcat Hunting”

    1. Eric Mills on March 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM said:

      Sounds like a last-minute payback for Fish & Game Commissioner Dan Richards’ infamous (and perfectly legal) Idaho cougar hunt. The deadline for introduction of new legislation was Feb. 24. This is apparently one of those infamous and unethical “gut and amend” bills. As introduced, SB 1221 was an air quality bill–it had nothing to do with hunting.

      Senators Steinberg and Lieu both criticized Mr. Richards in the media. And Commissioner Richards publicly chastised both HSUS’s Jennifer Fearing and Senator Lieu at recent commission meetings. They were not pleased. (Fearing for claiming that HSUS was “not an anti-hunting organization”; Lieu for playing “the race card” re a commission decision to ban the importation of live frogs and turtles for the Chinatown food markets.)

      Ain’t politics grand?

      Eric Mills, coordinator

    2. Mary Hammond on March 24, 2012 at 11:44 PM said:

      BILL NUMBER: SB 1221 INTRODUCED BY Senator Lieu
      FEBRUARY 23, 2012
      An act relating to air quality.

      In February, Sen. Lieu introduced an air quality control standard bill called SB 1221. It purports

      SECTION 1. It is the intent of the Legislature to enact
      legislation to ensure that adverse effects to public health from air pollution are minimized at regional sources, such as airports, ports,
      and highways.

      However today on Lieu’s webpage:

      “California has a long history of protecting its resources and protecting animal welfare,” Lieu said about Senate Bill 1221, which is coauthored by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. “The continued use of hound hunting runs counter, however, to California’s reputation as a humane state. Hound hunting of bears is illegal in two-thirds of the United States; the time has come for California to abolish this inhumane and unnecessary practice.”

      HSUS sponsored the bill which is hardly a surprise.

      I assure you the public is waiting on the edge of their seats to understand how bear hunting with hounds results in a loss of air quality at our airports and highways.

      BEANO, anyone? One wonders how many more “placeholder” bills Lieu has out there?

      Vote HSUS out of office and there will be no gas.

    3. skippy123 on March 28, 2012 at 1:06 PM said:

      I have been out with the AR NUTS in the horse industry. They are trying to ban horse racing and trying to ban the United States Olympic Team. They are also trying to arrest the government for putting a fence around a pond on public land. The fence was put up around a pond with toxic water. The AR NUTZ said they did it to kill wildlife.

    4. Bennie Ringquist on March 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM said:

      I strongly agree this is Senator Lieu’s way of retaliating against CA Fish and Game Commissioner’s Dan Richards.

      I strongly oppose SB 1221 for the reason it was written, and for the harm it would cause to the CA economy at a time when the state needs every dollar it can get.

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