Dangerous Ag-Gag Legislation Pretends to Protect

Submitted by Advocacy on Wed, 2013-04-03 18:18

Picture of CowAt first read, one might mistake AB 343 as a bill that encourages individuals to bring to light instances of animal cruelty and unsafe food practices.  After all, any measure that creates a duty to report animal cruelty must be a step in the humane direction, right?

Unfortunately, wrong.  At second glance, it becomes clear that this measure is designed to accomplish the exact opposite.  If enacted in California, AB 343 would require any person recording animal cruelty to "submit all original photographs, recordings or video to law enforcement and the owner of the animal(s) or a representative of the owner within forty eight hours of taking such photographs, recordings or video."  By requiring individuals to immediately identify themselves and put factory farms on notice as to potential law enforcement measures, this bill aims to end protected whistleblower activity by stopping the use of media to expose inhumane and unsafe agricultural practices.  In short, it chills free speech, keeps consumers in the dark about the realities of factory farming and protects violators of the law.

California Condor vs. Lead Ammunition – Guess which one is losing?

Submitted by Advocacy on Thu, 2013-03-07 13:46

Picture of California CondorsDespite decades of intensive conservation efforts, the endangered California condor still hovers on the brink of extinction.  Why?  Lead ammunition.

With a current lead bullet ban only in parts of California, a recent scientific study explains:  (1) California condors remain chronically exposed to harmful levels of lead; (2) lead-based ammunition is the principle source of lead poisoning in condors; and (3) lead poisoning is preventing the recovery for the California condor population.  What’s worse, the damage caused by lead ammunition goes well beyond the local condor population.  Bald eagles, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, loons, cranes, condors, herons, doves and other larger wildlife species are also needlessly poisoned by spent lead ammunition.  Just last week, a lead-poisoned bald eagle died at UC Davis’ California Raptor Center.

What the Foie? An Update on California's Foie Gras Ban

Submitted by Advocacy on Wed, 2013-02-13 17:20

Baby DucksCalifornia’s foie gras ban went into effect in July 2012, making the in-state sale and production of products derived from force-fed birds illegal. Today, the battle against this purported delicacy continues.

For determined consumers, such as Californians who travel to Nevada to buy foie gras, the banned product can still be found.  In addition to dining on the fattened liver, Californians who reportedly travel to Reno to attend foie gras tastings hosted by a loacl specialty food purveyor are also encouraged to stock up on foie gras for their home kitchens and dinner parties.

The Answer to Community Cats? Trap-Neuter-Return

Submitted by Advocacy on Fri, 2012-12-14 15:32

Ear Tipped CatCommunity cats are a community issue.  Ongoing cooperation among various members of the community is critical to successful community cat management; however, the topic is often highly debated and emotionally charged when humane, conservation and scientific communities perceive their interests to be pitted against one another.

Fortunately, the San Francisco SPCA believes that all parties can – and should – work toward common goals of reducing the number of community cats and treating all animals humanely.   As such, the SF SPCA eagerly took part in a progressive conference held last week that brought together scientists, technical experts and others with an interest in the issues tied to free-roaming, abandoned and outdoor cat populations.  

It's the Law! Protective Orders and Pets

Submitted by Advocacy on Fri, 2012-11-30 17:24
Legal PetsPanzer, a 6-year-old Labrador mix, will no longer have to live in fear of his guardian’s allegedly violent boyfriend, now that a Massachusetts judge has awarded the dog protection in the state’s first ever restraining order of this type.  The new law, signed by Gov. Deval Patrick in August, considers the welfare of animals in homes plagued by domestic violence and authorizes the state’s courts to make protection orders inclusive of household pets.   Panzer (who allegedly had been kicked and dragged by the abusive boyfriend before) is now safely living with a foster family.   Panzer’s guardian and her 2-year-old son receive regular updates about the dog’s wellbeing, and once they are settled in a safe place, both will be joyfully reunited with their much-loved canine family member.  This is great news for Panzer and other household pets in Massachusetts.

Join Us! Citizen Advocacy Event - Monday, December 10, 2012

Submitted by Advocacy on Thu, 2012-11-15 17:18

Kitten and Bunny

The San Francisco SPCA and the Humane Society of the United States invite our supporters and other animal advocates to join us at the San Francisco SPCA campus for an exciting night of animal advocacy!   HSUS California State Director Jennifer Fearing and Assemblymember Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) are among the guests who will join the San Francisco SPCA on Monday, December 10th to share their thoughts on creating a more compassionate California.  

A Lesson for San Francisco?  Los Angeles Bans the Sale of Non-Rescue Pets

Submitted by Advocacy on Wed, 2012-11-14 16:04

Puppies for Sale in Pet StoreThe puppy mill industry has no rightful place in our humane society.  Fortunately, Los Angeles recently took a huge stride toward preventing animals from suffering in puppy mills and reducing the number of homeless animals by becoming the largest city to date to ban the sale of commercially bred animals in pet stores.  Passed on October 31st by Los Angeles’ City Council in a landslide victory, the new ordinance will require that all dogs, cats and rabbits sold in retail pet stores in Los Angeles come from shelters, humane societies and rescue groups. Violators of the ban could face misdemeanor charges and fines ranging from $250 to $1,000 for repeat offenses.  Individuals are still permitted to buy directly from breeders.