Dramatic Dog Access Reduction Proposed for Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Submitted by Advocacy on Fri, 2013-10-18 11:09
Dog at BeachThe National Park Service has released a revised draft Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) Dog Management Plan, which aims to dramatically limit dog access in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties.  As drafted, the plan would require dogs to be on leash in many areas of the GGNRA, leaving only relatively confined off-leash areas that will soon become overcrowded.  In San Francisco, for example, off-leash access would be prohibited in parts of Crissy Field, Ocean Beach and Fort Funston, all areas where dogs are currently allowed to run free.

Oppose the King Amendment to the Farm Bill Today

Submitted by Advocacy on Mon, 2013-09-23 17:00

Battery HensThe House-passed version of this year’s Farm Bill contains a dangerous provision from Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that would gut many existing state and local laws protecting animals and public safety, including laws that address farm animal confinement, puppy mills, horse slaughter and shark finning. The San Francisco SPCA asks that concerned citizens please contact their representatives now to urge them to strike the King Amendment (Sec. 11312) from the House-passed Farm Bill (H.R. 2642).

Among other serious implications, the King Amendment would neutralize California’s Proposition 2, a modest measure that will, when enacted in 2015, give farm animals enough room to stand up, lie down, turn around and fully extend their limbs.

Please Don't Go to the Circus, Bay Area

Submitted by Advocacy on Fri, 2013-08-30 10:08

Circus ElephantAs Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus visits the Bay Area in August and September, the San Francisco SPCA asks its supporters to help stop the unquestionable suffering of animals in circuses by refusing to support Ringling Bros. and other traveling animal circuses, and by encouraging others to do the same. 

Last year, the SF SPCA joined 14 other California humane organizations to call for a boycott of Ringling Bros., citing the company’s routine abuse of animals.  Our appeal to the public to seek entertainment venues that don’t use animal performers is again included at the end of this blog.   

Help Protect Pets, Community Cats and Wildlife

Submitted by Advocacy on Mon, 2013-08-26 16:41

cat and mouseIn addition to causing an excruciating death for rodents, rodenticides (poisons used to kill rodents) frequently fatally poison pets and wildlife who eat unprotected bait or, more commonly, receive secondary poisoning by ingesting dead or dying rodents who have consumed these poisons. 

California regulators have taken the first step toward lessening this problem by proposing to restrict the sale of highly toxic rodenticides.  This is great news, because these restrictions will make these poisons easier to monitor and reduce unintended exposures to non-target animals.  At the end of this blog, we'll tell you how you can help.

Tilikum's Plea to End Orca Captivity

Submitted by Advocacy on Fri, 2013-07-19 19:32
Tilikum Isolated in TankBlackfish, a documentary that critically examines the treatment of orcas at SeaWorld parks, opened today in select cinemas.  The film focuses on Tilikum, the 32-year-old orca linked to three human fatalities, including the 2010 tragedy in which he killed trainer Dawn Brancheau.
The movie, which debuts in Bay Area theatres starting July 26, makes an ardent plea against orca captivity. Although the film focuses on SeaWorld’s main attractions, its orcas, important parallels can be drawn for other highly intelligent marine mammals held in captivity like other whales, dolphins and porpoises.

The Live-Birthing Exhibit at the California State Fair – A Case for Compassion

Submitted by Advocacy on Fri, 2013-06-28 10:29

cow and calfThis July, many Californians will experience the excitement of our State Fair in Sacramento.  For weeks, fairgoers will take part in countless concerts, competitions and exhibits – including the controversial live-birthing exhibit.  As part of the State Fair Livestock Nursery, the live-birthing exhibit consists of transporting extremely pregnant cows, sheep, goats or pigs to the fairgrounds and putting them on public display in an unfamiliar setting to give birth in front of crowds. 

California is among the dwindling minority of states that still allow spectators to watch in-person livestock birthing at its state fair (only about a dozen remain). Texas, Colorado and Oregon, for example, do not feature live-birthing exhibits due to concerns about animal welfare, inadequate facilities and staffing and/or public safety.  

Join Us! Wild Things Movie Screening – Wednesday, June 26

Submitted by Advocacy on Fri, 2013-06-14 12:39

Wild Things Movie PosterYou are invited to a free screening of Wild Things, a 38-minute documentary that introduces audiences to progressive ranchers learning to coexist with native carnivores, and features scientists, conservationists and even former Wildlife Services trappers, who believe it is time for a major change in the way we treat these animals. A thought-provoking panel discussion will follow. See the trailer and learn more about the film at www.wildthingsmovie.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Join Us! Humane Lobby Day – Wednesday, June 19

Submitted by Advocacy on Thu, 2013-05-23 14:09
Please join the San Francisco SPCA, the HSUS, the ASPCA and other animal welfare organizations for an exciting day of animal welfare advocacy and training at the California Humane Lobby Day 2013 at the State Capitol in Sacramento on June 19, 2013.
In a single day, you will help make a big difference in the lives of California’s animals by receiving advocacy tips and training, learning about current animal welfare legislation and taking part in memorable face-to-face visits with your elected officials. Your participation will help to stop the sale of live animals at swap meets, require non-lead ammunition in hunting to protect wildlife, end cruel wildlife trapping practices and protect bobcats affected by the fur trade.

The Importance of Breed-Neutral Laws

Submitted by Advocacy on Tue, 2013-05-14 15:48

DogDuring its Annual Meeting last year, the American Bar Association’s policymaking House of Delegates passed a resolution urging all legislative bodies and governmental agencies “to repeal breed discriminatory or breed specific provisions.”  Instead, the ABA called for breed-neutral dangerous dog laws that ensure due process for guardians, encourage responsible pet guardianship and focus on the behavior of both the individual and the dog.  The ABA’s approach is a sensible one.

As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA joins several other prominent organizations that publicly oppose breed-discriminatory legislation, including American Humane Association,  American Kennel Club,  American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,  American Veterinary Medical Association,  Association of Pet Dog Trainers,  Best Friends Animal Society,  the Humane Society of the United States and the National Animal Control Association, or promote breed-neutral approaches to reducing dog bites like the Centers for Disease Control.

It's the Law! Companion Animal Damages in California

Submitted by Advocacy on Thu, 2013-04-11 17:50

Legal DogMarking the end of a three year legal battle, the Texas Supreme Court ruled last Friday that damages awarded for a pet’s death due to negligence are "limited to loss of value, not loss of relationship" and maintained that a pet guardian could not seek damages for sentimental value after the family dog was mistakenly euthanized in a Fort Worth animal shelter. The ruling reaffirms over 120 years of precedent.

Historically, the law has regarded pets as personal property in the United States. As such, damages for the loss of a pet typically equal the market value (essentially, the replacement value) of the animal.  Most pets have little or no market value.