California 's Protected Species Need Your Help
Calls & Letters Needed Now!
Senator Hollingsworth has introduced Senate Bill 1207,
a bill to take away safeguards provided to California 's
protected species. Calls and letters are needed to your
state Senator urging them to preserve these protections.
To find out what happened in the hearing on April 13, click here.
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 of a list of specified
animals, such as kangaroos, tigers, ocelots, leopards,
polar bears, etc. SB 1207 would require that these specified
animals be endangered.
This 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.
Senator Hollingsworth attempted to introduce a similar
piece of legislation last session which failed. In year's
past there have been other attempts to adjust this law,
which have failed. These protections must be preserved!!!
A similar bill has just passed the Assembly Committee
on Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. Click
here for details on that bill
If you would like regular updates on these bills and what
you can do, please sign up at SB1207@vivausa.org .
We are asking you to do two things:
1. Please write your state Senator and ask that s/he oppose
SB 1207. Tell your Senator that protections for the specified
animals must be retained.
2. We need letters, faxes, calls, and emails to the Senate
Natural Resources Committee urging them to oppose SB 1207.
This is the Committee that the bill is assigned to and
can be heard on March 12 so time is of the essence. If
you can not write to all of them, at least send a letter
to the Chair of the Committee, Senator Sheila Kuehl. If
your Senator is on the Committee it is even more important
that you write and state that your are a constituent.
Senate Natural Resources Committee Members:
All letters can be sent to:
Room (see numbers below for each room number)
Sacramento , CA 95814
Chair, Senator Sheila Kuehl (Represents Los Angeles area)
Senator Thomas "Rico" Oller (Represents areas such as:
Lassen, Plumas, Butte , Sierra, Yuba , Nevada , Placer
Senator Dede Alpert (Represents San Diego area)
Senator Debra Bowen (Represents Redondo Beach area)
Senator Jeff Denham (District covers some of the Central
Senator Dennis Hollingsworth (Represents Riverside area) –
Sponsor of the bill (please be sure to send him a polite
Senator Deborah Ortiz (Represents Sacramento area)
Senator Byron Sher (Represents Stanford area)
Senator Tom Torlakson (Represents Antioch area)
Please cc your letter to:
Syrus Devers, committee analyst:
And to Viva! USA at
To find out who your state Senator is please visit http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html
Mailing address for Senators:
The Honorable ___________
California State Senate
Sacramento , CA 95814
Some additional points you may want to make
• Kangaroos, one of the listed species within SB
1207, 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 SB1207 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 them
• The 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.
• Just 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
• 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
• 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."
For more information, contact lauren Ornelas at (530)
759-8482 or at SB1207@vivausa.org .