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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!!!

IMPORTANT: 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:
State Capitol
Room (see numbers below for each room number)
Sacramento , CA 95814

Chair, Senator Sheila Kuehl (Represents Los Angeles area)
916/324-4823 Fax
Room 4032

Senator Thomas "Rico" Oller (Represents areas such as: Lassen, Plumas, Butte , Sierra, Yuba , Nevada , Placer counties)
916/324-2680 Fax
Room 5064

Senator Dede Alpert (Represents San Diego area)

916/327-2188 Fax
Room 5050

Senator Debra Bowen (Represents Redondo Beach area)

Room 4040

Senator Jeff Denham (District covers some of the Central Valley )
916/445-0773 Fax
Room 4062

Senator Dennis Hollingsworth (Represents Riverside area) –

Sponsor of the bill (please be sure to send him a polite letter)
916/447-9008 Fax
Room 2048

Senator Deborah Ortiz (Represents Sacramento area)

916/323-2263 Fax
Room 5114

Senator Byron Sher (Represents Stanford area)

916/323-4529 Fax
Room 2082

Senator Tom Torlakson (Represents Antioch area)

916/445-2527 Fax
Room 5061

Please cc your letter to:
Syrus Devers, committee analyst:
Fax: 916/323-2232

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
State Capitol
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 are.

• 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 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 we can.

• 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 .