Das Williams’ Anti-Wildlife Cruelty Bill Moves to Senate

Proposed law would regulate nuisance wildlife trapping

Saturday, April 27, 2013
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The Assembly voted 76-0-3 to support the bill, designed to protect California wildlife from egregious cruelty.

“It is our shared responsibility to avoid the cruel and inhumane killing of our wildlife,” Assemblyman Williams said. “It is incumbent upon us as compassionate people to treat all wildlife, whether considered nuisance or not, humanely.”

Private nuisance wildlife control operators (NWCOs) provide trapping services to consumers for a fee under the auspices of damage control. Some practices employed by these trappers are particularly egregious and result in the needless suffering and death of thousands of animals each year.

The bill includes important provisions aimed at protecting domestic pets from being inadvertently killed in Conibear kill traps and outlaws the most heinous methods of animal killing, such as drowning, chest crushing, and injection with toxic chemicals such as nail polish remover.

Williams said he considers it basic human decency to treat all animals humanely.

“We share this planet with wildlife,” Williams said. “We must respect and manage our ecosystem in a responsible way.”

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Time for Williams to pay a lot more attention to human beings living on our streets, and re-opening state care facilities.

No points for his environmental smokescreen agenda, when he turns his back on the massive street people problem up and down this state, including in his own back yard. Hannah-Beth Jackson, talking to you too.

This is no longer the city or the county's problem to solve. It is a state wide problem and it has been 38 years since the ACLU forced the closure of most of the state care institutions, and 38 years now of doing nothing to mitigate the cruel results of that ACLU action.

Unbelievable Das Williams is crowing about mistreatment of animals; while not uttering a word about the treatment of the state-wide impaired vagrant population that is his far more important legislative jurisdiction.

What do you say Das and Hannah-Beth. How about some action regarding state-imposed cruelty to chronically impaired humans who need the state care institutions re-opened, and are now forced to live on the streets instead?

foofighter (anonymous profile)
April 27, 2013 at 3:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Williams gets many, many points for his environmental agenda from me. He's definitely earned my vote. What the mentally ill have to do with animal cruelty is beyond me.

banjo (anonymous profile)
April 27, 2013 at 6:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Williams has to do a lot more than beat the petty issue environmental drum with the occasional token green-washing.

While you might like this token legislation, Williams fails intentionally to take care of his district which also includes human beings. Williams has to show at least the same amount of concern to those human beings forced to live on our streets, as he does to animals.

Re-open the state care institutions, Das. Put at least as much energy into human concerns in your district, as you do your environmental smokescreen agenda.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
April 27, 2013 at 9:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Open letter to Das Williams:

Undo the damage to this state caused by 38 years of neglect after the ACLU forced the closure of state care facilities that previously sheltered impaired human beings. To do nothing after 38 years of state neglect of this social safety net, is cruel.

Please care more about human lives Das, than just animals in this state.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
April 27, 2013 at 9:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Right, because how dare anyone try to do anything good? It's all just so overwhelming; we as a society and a species should give up. /facepalm

Thank you Mr Williams and the Assembly for this. The measure of a society can be how well its people treat its animals. We should never falter from doing right, just because there is so much still to do.

Sothep (anonymous profile)
April 27, 2013 at 10:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree about the mental health care crisis in this sate and nationally. There are many responsible parties on this one. I just heard on the radio of a psych hospital in Nevada discharging patients with a 3 day med supply, and a bus ticket with directions to homeless shelters in cities in other states such as Sacramento. Over 1500 cases have been documented from this one facility alone.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 27, 2013 at 10:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No it is not overwhelming. It is lack of focus and priorities.

As long as voters remain content with Williams and Jackson's token green-washing, these two will continue ignore far more urgent local problems that matter far more than their occasional window-dressing animal rights issues.

At the same time they are green-washing the petty with great fanfare from their well-oiled publicity machines, they are quietly in the background keeping their major public employee union special interest constituents content with continued uber-friendly legislation, job protections and unsustainable benefits we can no longer afford.

You are getting had, and then you are getting stuck with the bills for their continued cynical manipulation of the voting public sensibilities.

Williams is well into his second term, and this is the best legislation he can come up with? When this state is going to hell in a hand basket with billions in unfunded economic liabilities and increasing numbers of substance abusing vagrants taking over our streets and destroying local retail, he chooses animal rights as his signature calling card?

We need more and we deserve better than what Williams and Jackson are delivering. Their lack of stature at a state level after now two shots for both of them, is unacceptable.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
April 28, 2013 at 9:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Read Dan Walters to see where the action is needed in Sacramento and then track what Williams and Jackson, both in the malignant pockets of CalSTRS and CalPERS interests have done about this - the best they come up with is animal rights legislation?

What have Williams or Jackson ever told you or let alone done to focus on this multi-billion dollar unfunded pension liability that is draining the life out of this state. More and more present dollars are diverted to support past services, leaving us holding the bag to do without or pay more out of pocket to support failed legislative promises.

In the face of this, we get animal rights legislation? Hey, I wish we could do it all so save your wounded howls about the poor polar bears. The focus now needs to be immediately directed to solving job one, and that is the looming state insolvency.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
April 28, 2013 at 10:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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