AB 1881, the Dog and Cat Bill of Rights, Passes the Full Assembly!
We are thrilled to announce that today AB 1881, the Dog and Cat Bill of Rights, passed the full Assembly by vote of 47-12.
The bill, authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation, specifies that public or humane society shelters and rescue organizations must make a notice accessible to the public which reads the following:
- Dogs and cats deserve to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse.
- Dogs and cats deserve a life of comfort, free of fear and anxiety.
- Dogs and cats deserve daily mental stimulation and appropriate exercise considering the age and energy level of the dog or cat.
- Dogs and cats deserve nutritious food, sanitary water, and shelter in an appropriate and safe environment.
- Dogs and cats deserve regular and appropriate veterinary care.
- Dogs and cats deserve to be properly identified through tags, microchips, or other humane means.
- Dogs and cats deserve to be spayed and neutered to prevent unwanted litters.
“AB 1881 will help prevent the mistreatment of dogs and cats by promoting the importance of their mental, physical and emotional well-being,” said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago, lead author of the bill. “This bill will ensure that dogs and cats are treated appropriately by informing potential owners the certain standards of treatment these animals deserve.”
“AB 1881 will help ensure the conversation around the complex needs of dogs and cats is had when families are considering adopting a new pet,” said Judie Mancuso, founder and president of Social Compassion in Legislation. “The law recognizes that dogs and cats must be fed, given water, and of course cannot be abused, but this bill gives recognition that these animals have other needs as well, such as mental stimulation, appropriate exercise, and vet care that must be considered.”
AB 1881 does not create any legal cause of action or new crimes. The bill now moves to the Senate Business & Professions Committee.
SB 953, the Save Our Shoreline Act, Dies in Senate Appropriations
SB 953, authored by Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) and supported by environmental groups across the state, was held (died) in Senate Appropriations Committee last week.
We are frustrated that the California legislature is unable to take steps to close down offshore oil drilling which produces a tiny fraction of our domestic oil yet threatens to destroy our coastal economies and the health of our oceans.
Our founder and president, Judie Mancuso, is quoted in this Politico article which details the politics around the bill.
“We are disappointed that the Senate Appropriations Committee believed the cost of protecting our Orange County coastal economy, environment, and wildlife was too much, even given the size of state’s current budget surplus,” said Judie Mancuso, founder and president of Social Compassion in Legislation.
Please check out the article for more information.
We cannot thank you all enough for the action you take for the animals! Please consider making a donation to help us continue our work.
Judie Mancuso, founder/CEO/president
Social Compassion in Legislation