Feature Article: Gov. Newsom Anti Gun

Gov. Newsom signs onerous anti-hunting bill

Hunters unite! Gov. Newsom needs to hear from you!

BY BILL KARR/WON Staff WriterPublished: Oct 18, 2019

SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law AB 1254, which arbitrarily and without facts, science or even common sense bans the hunting and other take of bobcats in California. In doing so he has circumvented the Fish and Game Commission public process, CEQA and taken the state of California away from the management of wildlife through science, and followed the lunatic fringe of animal-rights activists and anti-hunters.

AB 1254 prohibits hunting, trapping or killing bobcats in California, bans the use of elephants, bears and other wild animals in circuses, outlaws the trading of hippopotamus hide and other animal parts, and makes California the first state in the nation to ban the sale of new fur products.

His actions are not the moves of a rational or reasonable person, but the type that would be made by a fringe lunatic, irrational animal-rights activist. He has shown his colors in making this move, not that we weren’t aware of his leanings before this. For some reason, California votes for left-wing legislators whether they have brains or not. Newsom obviously is thumbing his nose at those with common sense.

The information first came to WON on Saturday from hunter advocate Bill Gaines of Gaines and Associates: “I regret to inform you that, today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 1254 - legislation that will arbitrarily ban the hunting and other take of bobcats.

“As stated in my numerous emails to you on this terrible legislation, my fear is that the Governor's approval of this bill will incentivize Legislators to introduce a series of similar bills which propose to ignore science, circumvent the Fish & Game Commission’s public process and CEQA and arbitrarily ban the hunting of other species,” Gaines said. “Bears, for example, were included in the original draft language for AB 1254, but were deleted due to concern that proposing both bobcats and bears would make AB 1254 too difficult to pass.

“I can assure you that we did all in our power to kill this precedent setting bill, with an unprecedented partnership of lobbyists representing conservation interests working in partnership with others to kill the measure,” Gaines said. “To say I am extremely disappointed in this development is a massive understatement.”

It is not uncommon for elected representatives who are unfamiliar with wild animals or the management of species within an ecosystem to look for enlightenment among wildlife management officials, but here in California, the head of the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) itself, Charles “Chuck” Bonham, knows little to nothing about wildlife or its management. And there is no indication that Newsom even reached out to the DFW before making his decision.

Setting this precedent opens to door for animal-rights activists and anti-hunters to pressure other legislatures to author other legislation that ties the hands of wildlife professionals, who are the only ones qualified to recommend laws and regulations pertaining to wildlife species. In more bad news, wildlife officials in California are forbidden to discuss such issues in public, which means those who know the best can’t even comment.

Signing legislation on a Friday or Saturday is an old ploy by politicians to avoid immediate exposure by the major news outlets the same day of the event, showing he was obviously aware it would raise criticism and trying to avoid it as much as possible.

Once again, a politician who knows absolutely nothing about wildlife or wildlife management has made a major decision on management of wildlife species in the state, and it has got to stop. How can a lifelong politician know anything about the management of wildlife? They can’t. That’s why there are Fish and wildlife management teams in every state, to provide facts to politicians and the citizens. Unfortunately, Governor Newsom doesn’t care about facts, or science, or wildlife management. He just cares about the animal rights groups and their financing his campaigns.

Comments to Governor Newsom should be addressed to: Governor Gavin Newsom, 1303 10th Street, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814, Phone: (916) 445-2841, Fax: (916) 558-3160 or Email: .

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