California Strengthens Laws Protecting AnimalsPosted by Ian Carr, ALDF's Legislative Affairs Associate on November 18, 2011
As we detailed in an earlier post, California recently enacted a law prohibiting the sale and possession of shark fins.
However, that was not the only animal-protective legislation California approved in its most recent legislative session. In fact, the state passed several significant bills into law targeting persons who victimize animals, including:
- AB 1117 – strengthens the laws regarding seizure and care of abused and neglected animals. Also, establishes a new law prohibiting those convicted of abuse from owning, residing with, or caring for animals for five years following a misdemeanor conviction and for 10 years following a felony.
- SB 425 – strengthens the laws against dogfighting and cockfighting.
- SB 426 – allows eviction of tenants who use their property for dogfighting or cockfighting.
- SB 917 – strengthens animal cruelty penalties and prohibits roadside animal sales.
Of course, California wasn’t the only state to pass important animal legislation this year. But these new laws demonstrate why the Golden State continues to rank as one of the “Top 5″ states in the country for its animal protection laws.
Good job, California!