TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: Lieu's animal-protection bills signed into law

September 27, 2012

Two animal-related bills sponsored by state Sen. Ted Lieu , D-Torrance, were signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

SB 1500 aims to fix a loophole in state law so that neglected or injured animals will no longer be returned to abusive owners, a Lieu statement said. It goes into effect on Jan. 1.

"This is a comprehensive approach to address the issues of crowding in shelters, ensure the protection of prosecutor's evidence and protect animals from being returned to their abusive owners," he said.

The other measure winning Brown's signature, SB 1221, prohibits hunters from using packs of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats.

"There is nothing sporting in shooting an exhausted bear clinging to a tree limb or a cornered bobcat. Hound hunting of bears is illegal in two-thirds of the United States," Lieu said, adding that California joins other states that have abolished the practice.

- Kristin S. Agostoni