• Saving and protecting animals one law at a time
  • Saving and protecting animals one law at a time
  • ANIMALS HAVE… NO CHOICE. NO VOICE. NO VOTE

    Our website provides an extremely easy way for you to participate in giving animals a voice!

    SCIL IN ACTION

    SCIL is a leading political animal advocacy group founded to promote legislation that saves and protects animals in California and beyond. Since 2007, SCIL-sponsored bills have banned puppy mills, eliminated the sale of animal-tested cosmetics, and made it illegal to leave animals unattended in cars in extreme weather. By supporting socially conscious elected officials, engaging and empowering animal activists, and strategically partnering with other successful animal advocacy groups, SCIL’s list of life-saving bills continues to grow and be replicated in states across the country.

    Please join us!

    Simply provide us with a bit information about what bills you support and we’ll take care of submitting support letters on your behalf to our California state government.  

    Social Compassion in Legislation has sponsored over 50 pieces of legislation, with 18 landmark bills signed into law. Many of these laws have been replicated around the country and the world, saving the lives of countless animals. See the list below for more information or for a complete list of our sponsored bills, visit “All Past Campaigns” page!

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    AB 1282
    (Wilk)
    California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act
    February 19, 2021
    AB 1282 to bring compassion, transparency and oversight to California’s animal blood banks.
    SB 573
    (Chang)
    Pet Microchipping
    January 1, 2020
    Mandates that all pets leaving a shelter – whether adopted or reclaimed by owner be microchipped, thus saving animals lives by reuniting them with their human families rather than being…
    AB 1260
    (Maienschein)
    Ban on Exotic Skins
    February 21, 2019
    Added hippopotamus’ and several reptile species to an existing sales ban which includes big cats, polar bears, dolphins, and other threatened or endangered species. This bill added to the world-wide…
    SB 313
    (Hueso)
    Animals: prohibition on use in circuses
    February 15, 2019
    This bill made California the third state to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, saving so many elephants, bears, lions, and others from being tortured by whips and…
    AB 273
    (Gonzalez-Fletcher)
    Wildlife Protection Act of 2019
    January 24, 2019
    This bill made California the first state to ban all recreational and commercial fur trapping, thus ending the cruel and outdated practice which tortured and killed thousands of animals per…
    SB 1249
    (Galgiani)
    California Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act
    October 1, 2018
    The California Cruelty-free Cosmetic Act is the landmark bill which made California the first state to ban the sell of cosmetics and personal hygiene products which had been tested on…
    SB 1138
    (Skinner)
    Ensuring a Plant Based Meal Option
    October 1, 2018
    This first-of-its-kind bill requires all California state healthcare facilities and prisons to make available plant-based meal options. The bill ensures these state-run facilities offer healthy vegan food options which were…
    AB 2445
    (O’Donnell)
    Public health: retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits.
    July 20, 2018
    Requires pet store operators to maintain records documenting health, status, and disposition of each animal for at least 2 years and ensure the new pet owner has access to all…
    SB 673
    (Newman)
    Pet Lovers Plate
    October 14, 2017
    SB 673 transferred administration and oversight of the Pet Lovers License Plate Program from the VMB to CDFA in order to expedite the funds generated from the program to be…
    AB 485
    (O'Donnell)
    Pet Rescue and Adoption Act
    October 13, 2017
    A landmark bill banning the sale of “puppy mill” bred dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores. The bill has since been replicated in 4 states and over 400 localities.
    SB 1200
    (Jackson)
    Animal Cruelty/Training: Criminal Statistics
    August 29, 2016
    This bill requires the Department of Justice to include information concerning arrests for animal cruelty in its annual report to the Governor. The goal of the bill is to give…
    HR 28
    (Dababneh/Calderon)
    Humane Education
    May 2, 2016
    In a world desperately in need of more kindness, this bill put the state of California on record that compliance with the state’s Education Code provisions should include educating students…
    S04327A/A 5956
    (Rosenthal)
    NY Dining with Dogs Bill
    November 5, 2015
    This bill permitted New York restaurants to allow dogs to dine with their human companions in outdoor areas, finally legalizing the practice of dining with your dog! The bill was…
    AB-192
    (Allen)
    Specialized License Plates
    October 5, 2015
    This bill corrected existing law to clarify sponsoring agencies delegating responsibilities to a nonprofit working on the Pet Lover’s License Plate. http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/portal/ipp2/welcome
    ACR 56
    (Linder)
    Official State Pet
    September 8, 2015
    This bill made the shelter pet the “Official State Pet.” The bill helped the continuing cultural shift to value our shelter pets like the wonderful animals that they are.
    AB 1965
    (Yamada)
    CA Dining With Dogs
    August 21, 2014
    This bill permited California restaurants to allow dogs to dine with their human companions in outdoor areas, finally legalizing the practice of dining with your dog! For more information: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2014/08/30/bone-appetit…
    AB 610
    (Solorio)
    Pet Lover’s Plate (time extension)
    May 3, 2012
    This bill was essential legislation in the creation of the Pet Lover’s License Plate, which provides funds for low cost spay and neuter services across California.
    AB 2689
    (Smyth)
    Online Rabies Provision
    July 6, 2010
    SCIL advocated along side the City of Los Angeles to clarify how local jurisdictions required proof of pets’ rabies vaccination. The bill moved rabies vaccination reporting into the 21st Century…
    SB 1806
    (Figueroa)
    Animals in Unattended Motor Vehicle
    September 22, 2006
    This landmark bill made it illegal to leave animals unattended in a vehicle under conditions, such as extreme heat or cold, that would inflict suffering on the animal. This bill…

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