SACRAMENTO — California Senate Bill 1221, a bill that will ban the use of hounds to hunt black bears and bobcats, passed the state’s Senate on Monday, May 21.
The passage of SB 1221 by the senate casts a dark cloud over the future of all hunting and wildlife management in California. Senate Bill 1221 passed with a vote of 22 in favor and 15 against.
The bill, which is sponsored by the radical animal rights group Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), triggered a strong outpouring of opposition from California sportsmen and women, plus sportsmen’s organizations, in the state and nationwide.
The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) denounced this retaliatory wildlife management bill that was created when HSUS could not have a state game commissioner removed for his legal mountain lion hunt. As the bill moved forward from introduction and through the hearing process, hundreds of opponents wearing orange “NO on SB 1221” buttons also packed the corridors of the capital to let their Senators know they opposed this anti-hunting bill.
“The California Senate today chose retribution and revenge over sound science-based wildlife management,” explained Evan Heusinkveld, USSA’s director of state services. “Despite having a Fish and Game Commission explicitly designed to handle these questions free from the politics of the statehouse, the California Senate voted in favor of a hunting ban.”
USSA has been working with the Masters of Foxhounds Association, California Houndsmen for Conservation and the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance to defeat SB 1221.
HSUS has stated that they intend to end all hunting in California, and that they are against hunting pheasants, chukar and quail on game bird clubs, so it is widely suspected that passage of SB 1221 will be followed up with subsequent legislation to ban hunting with all dogs, including setters, pointers and retrievers, as is there is virtually no difference in what they do.
SB 1221 now must go through some committee votes, then to the full Assembly, then to the governor for his signature. Anyone involved in the outdoors is strongly urged to send comments to those who voted “yes” on the bill condemning them for the action, and to send support letters to those who voted against the bill.
Following is a list of how the State Senators voted:
Who voted how on California SB1221
The vote was 22 in favor and 15 opposed. Two Republicans voted Yes, 11 voted No, 2 did not vote. Twenty Democrats voted Yes, 4 voted No, 1 did not vote. Here is the breakdown of how each Senator voted:
Senators Voting YES:
Senator Elaine Alquist (D-13) – YES
Senator Ron Calderon (D-30) – YES
Senator Ellen Corbett (D-10) – YES
Senator Kevin de León (D-22) – YES
Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-07) – YES
Senator Bill Emmerson (R-37) – YES
Senator Loni Hancock (D-09) – YES
Senator Ed Hernandez (D-24) – YES
Senator Christine Kehoe (D-39) – YES
Senator Mark Leno (D-03) – YES
Senator Ted Lieu (D-28) – YES
Senator Carol Liu (D-21) – YES
Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-27) – YES
Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-32) – YES
Senator Alex Padilla (D-20) – YES
Senator Fran Pavley (D-23) – YES
Senator Curren D. Price, Jr. (D-26) – YES
Senator Joe Simitian (D-11) – YES
Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-06) – YES
Senator Tony Strickland (R-19) – YES
Senator Juan Vargas (D-40) – YES
Senator Leland Y. Yee (D-08) – YES
Senators Voting NO:
Senator Joel Anderson (R-36) – NO
Senator Tom Berryhill (R-14) – NO
Senator Sam Blakeslee (R-15) – NO
Senator Anthony Cannella (R-12) – NO
Senator Bob Dutton (R-31) – NO
Senator Noreen Evans (D-02) – NO
Senator Jean Fuller (R-18) – NO
Senator Ted Gaines (R-01) – NO
Senator Bob Huff (R-29) – NO
Senator Doug La Malfa (R-04) – NO
Senator Michael Rubio (D-16) – NO
Senator Mimi Walters (R-33) – NO
Senator Lois Wolk (D-05) – NO
Senator Roderick D. Wright (D-25) – NO
Senator Mark Wyland (R-38) – NO
Senators That Did Not Vote:
Senator Lou Correa (D-34) – Did Not Vote
Senator Tom Harman (R-35) – Did Not Vote
Senator Sharon Runner (R-17) – Did Not Vote