August 22, 2012
SB 1221 Bear Hounding

BEAR-PROTECTION BILL GOES TO GOVERNOR (Aug. 26, 2012) – Five days after receiving final Assembly approval, the California Senate sent to the governor promised new protections for animals by banning hunters from using packs of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats.

“There is nothing sporting in slaughtering an exhausted bear clinging to a tree limb or shooting a cornered bobcat,” Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance said after the vote. (To see a video of the Aug. 26 vote, click HERE). “Hound hunting of bears is illegal in two-thirds of the United States; the time has come for California to abolish this inhumane and unnecessary practice.”

 Pictured above is Lieu crouches with consultant Theo Cline and her rescued hound dog, Henry, after a recent Capitol steps rally attended by nearly 100 supporters of Senate Bill 1221. Authored by Lieu and sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, SB 1221’s fate now lies with Brown, has until the end of September to sign or veto the bill, or to allow it to become law without his signature.

Pictured in the poster above Theo is not Henry but a hound dog injured when it cornered a bear. Read Lieu's Fact Sheet on the measure HERE. Listen to an audio interview with Lieu HERE. To see a picture about 'Couragous Cookies,' or how those who support the bill thank those lawmakers who supported Lieu's measure, click HERE. (Photo by Ray Sotero).