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Friday, June 26, 2009

Thanks to the support of advocates like you, California celebrated an incredible victory for 20 million animals last November with the passage of Prop 2, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) has been building on the momentum of Prop 2, taking the fight for animals to the California legislature. As you read this, legislation to protect farm animals, dogs, and wildlife is making progress in Sacramento -- but we desperately need your help to get these bills over the finish line.

Hens suffering in cages -- A.B. 1437 would ban the sale of eggs from caged hens. Prop 2 banned the extreme confinement of laying hens in cages so small the birds can't even stretch their wings, and A.B. 1437 would require that all whole eggs sold in California meet that same basic humane standard.

Dogs languishing in puppy mills -- A.B. 241 would crack down on abusive puppy mills by limiting the number of dogs who can be confined in these large-scale production facilities, where man’s best friend is treated not like a family pet but like a cash crop.
Dogs being forced to fight -- Two bills to upgrade California’s anti-dogfighting laws are on the move. A.B. 242 strengthens the penalties for attending a dogfight, since the spectators fuel this criminal enterprise by paying their admission fees and gambling wagers. And S.B. 318 would allow the forfeiture of property connected with dogfighting.

Cows suffering on dairy farms -- S.B. 135 would ban the painful and unnecessary tail docking of dairy cows in the nation’s number-one dairy state and send a message far and wide that animals should not be mutilated just for convenience.
Wild animals being poached -- A.B. 708 would increase penalties for illegal poaching of wildlife.

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