From The Fund for Animals & Viva!USA
PLEASE contact your Assembly Member AND Senator and ask
them to oppose SB993.
SB 993 makes it a misdemeanor to trespass on any land or building
where cattle, goats, pigs, fowl or any other animals are being raised,
bred, fed or held for human consumption. Trespassing is currently
an infraction. This bill originally had nothing to do with animals,
however, it was amended in April to its present form. It passed
the Senate unanimously and the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
This bill is being sponsored by Senator Charles Poochigian.
This bill passed the Appropriations Committee and is due on
the Assembly Floor and then must go back to the Senate.
Tell the legislators that SB 933 is an attempt to protect the meat
industry from anyone taking a picture because it may be used to
help pass a bill such as AB 732 (would prohibit gestation and veal
crates) or an initiative, or inform the public of horrendous conditions
that factory farmed animals are kept in. SB 993 is a dangerous precedent.
Remind them it is already a crime to trespass!
Check out the bill at:
(Click on Legislation and type in SB993).
Here for an analysis of the bill
Write to or Call: Your Assembly Member AND State Senator urge
them to oppose SB 993. Also send a letter of opposition to the
author. Let them know this is not about bio terrorism - it is about
preventing the animal agriculture industry from being held accountable.
Why to oppose:
- This is a politically driven bill and has been created to prevent
people from drawing criticism to an industry that raises animals
killed for food in an inhumane way.
- The public has a right to see how animals are raised for food
in the US and it is in the public's best interest.
- There are already laws regarding trespassing - there is simply
no need for this bill.
- Even the analysis on this bill mentions : "Another incident
reported by Corcpork, Co., reveals that this bill may be aimed
at another motive - political beliefs against inhuman treatment
To find the names of your State Assembly Member and State Senator,
call us or (916)319-2856, (916)445-4251, or your County Registrar
of Voters, or check the web,
or look in front of your local phone book under California Assembly
and California Senate. You can also visit http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html.