In January, animal rights groups in California banded together to form a new statewide umbrella organization, the California Animal Association, to lobby the state for animal rights-related legislation. So how effective is the new organization?
Well, in March the California Animal Association sent out an alert asking activists to contact California legislators to support California Senate Bill 662 — a bill the CAA is pushing which would amend California’s animal slaughter statutes to cover poultry. Various animal interests, including the Farm Bureau and California’s own Department of Food and Agriculture in turn oppose the bill on the grounds that it would simply be too expensive to include poultry under auspices of the state’s slaughter laws.
So far, however, the bill’s sponsor, Carol Migden, can’t even be persuaded to hold a hearing on the bill. Twice a hearing on the measure has been scheduled, and each time the hearing has been canceled at the request of Migden.
The bill is such a high priority for Migden that she doesn’t even bother to include it on her website among a list of current legislation she’s sponsoring, though she does such important item as a bill she’s sponsoring to increase fines for traffic violations that occur on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Clearly they’re holding politicians’ feet to the fire on animal issues.
The full text of California Senate Bill 662 can be read here.
Letters of Support Needed on SB 662. Press Release, California Animal Association,