Contact the Governor!
Two complementary bills are pending at the California Capitol. Both affect wildlife.
AB 1477: Would require that wildlife control operators notify customers of non-lethal methods and that lethal methods will be used, if necessary, to kill the animal. Non-target animals (dogs and cats, eg) must be released and, if injured, receive treatment. Wildlife operators would be required to receive continuing education.
AB 449: If animals are to be killed, would require that animals captured be killed using only methods approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association panel on euthanasia.
Why the bills are needed:
Wildlife control operators fly under the radar - there are no statistics on how the animals are killed or the number. And. operators are not required to pursue further training. Furthermore, there is no law regarding how trapped animals may be killed. Cases exist in which animals have been injected with acetone, hung or drowned.
What you can do
Contact the Governor TODAY and urge him to sign AB 1477 and AB 449 into law!
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814