Protected Species Need Your Help
**Please forward and do
read the new information (since May!) on the kangaroo numbers
Assembly member Firebaugh (D) introduced Assembly
Bill 2915, a bill that would take away safeguards
that currently exist to protect kangaroos in this state.
already passed the Assembly and is now in the Senate Natural
letters are needed to the members of the Senate Natural
Resources Committee urging them to preserve these protections.
Existing law provides that it is a crime to import into this state for
commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell
within the state, the dead body, or any part or product thereof,
of any kangaroo. This law would require that they be endangered.
See reasons below why this must not happen!
bill has been introduced in an attempt to undermine the
efforts of the California legislature who passed the original
law to protect certain animals regardless if they are endangered
or not. This is because certain animals who are killed
commercially look similar to others who are protected or
threatened. In addition, there are many subspecies of animals
and in order to ensure the animal is fully protected the
entire species must be listed – which is precisely how California’s
law is written.
If you would like regular
updates on these bills and what you can do, please sign up
members of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and
ask that they oppose AB2915. Remind them that the protections
for kangaroos must be retained.
will either be heard on June 22nd or at a special hearing.
PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS BY Thursday, June 17.
**Please remember to include your
full mailing address and mention if you are a constituent!**
Senate Natural Resources Committee
Chair, Senator Sheila Kuehl
Senator Thomas "Rico" Oller
Senator Dede Alpert
Senator Debra Bowen
Senator Jeff Denham
Senator Dennis Hollingsworth
Senator Deborah Ortiz
Senator Byron Sher
Senator Tom Torlakson
Please include a fax
of your letter to the
Committee Analyst: Syrus
Devers at 916/323-2232
And to Viva!USA at SB1207@vivausa.org
Some additional points
you may want to make:
• According to the Daily
Telegraph (New South Wales newspaper), "Kangaroo populations
south of Sydney will be commercially hunted for the first time
despite numbers across the state plummeting to their lowest
in more than 20 years." The paper goes on to state that, "The
Government is also expected to announce next week the 2004
quota figures which show in some regions, kill quotas have
already increased to as much as 80 percent of the population."
* Articles from
Australia are slowly filtering out regarding the impact
the droughts are having on the kangaroo populations. In
fact, some slaughterhouses are having trouble staying
open. South Australian kangaroo meat wholesalers have stated
that they have to source kangaroo meat from Queensland,
because of a shortage of kangaroos. In New South Wales
at least two kangaroo processing plants have closed, that
we know of, one at Bourke, and another further South. Another
report from West Australia states that the Government cannot
buy enough kangaroo meat to make into poison baits for
wild dogs. A severe shortage of kangaroo meat meant that
the Dept. of Agriculture could only find half of the 150
tones of kangaroo meat it needed for wild dog baits.
A current lawsuit taking place in Australia has the government
admit that they is no real oversight to how the kangaroos
are killed! The Appeal, through the Administrative
Appeals Tribunal, heard evidence from the Government that
no monitoring takes place at night, at the point of kill.
They admitted that they had no way of determining whether
or not the guidelines in the Code of Practice
deleting the protections currently in existence for kangaroos
will not generate enough revenue for the state to make a dent
in our budget crisis.
one of the listed species within AB2915, are being killed by
the millions in Australia to help make products such as soccer
cleats, which are being sold here in California. There are
plenty of alternatives to animal skins. Most companies offer
synthetic alternatives. If AB2915 passes we lose the opportunity
for California to take a stand against this senseless massacre.
Although not all kangaroos are listed as endangered, some of
hunts take place at night when it is very difficult to decipher
between the listed and non-listed species. By allowing the
sale of kangaroo skins into California we are risking the possibly
of importing skins of kangaroos who are protected.
a quick search on the internet shows that kangaroos look similar
to one another. Compile that with shooting at night, and this
can mean protected kangaroos are shot.
• Australia has
a terrible record when it comes to protecting their native species.
In fact, “more mammals have died (in Australia) in the
last 200 years than in any other continent.” [http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/Threatened+Species]This
is why it is imperative that California’s law stay
intact. We must do our part to preserve native species wherever
For more information, contact lauren Ornelas at (530) 759-8482 or at SB1207@vivausa.org.
For more informaiton
about the kangaroo campaign go to: www.savethekangaroo.com.
If you do not know who your Senator
is, go to www.leginfo.ca.gov/.
At the bottom of the page, click on Your Legislature. Enter
your zip code and press "search" and you will be given the name and contact information
of your Senator (in the lower half of the page). Or you
can call the Government Information Hotline at 916-322-9900
and give the operator your address - the operator will tell
you who your Senator is and/or you can leave your message for
him/her through the operator.
Please address your letter(s) to:
The Honorable [full name of Senator]
California State Senate
Sacramento, CA 95814
PO Box 4398
Davis, CA 95617