Yes on AB 1999 (Irwin) Stop the Utility Tax

Help Stop the Utility Tax. YES on AB 1999!

Below is a letter that ran recently in local papers about a harmful “Utility Tax” that snuck through the legislature last year and that a group of lawmakers is now working to repeal. It’s something we should all care about, as climate-conscious individuals, and as utility ratepayers.

judie mancuso

Meet Judie Mancuso

Hi Judie, so happy you were able to devote some time to sharing your thoughts and wisdom with our community. So, we’ve always admired how you have seemingly never let nay-sayers or haters keep you down. Can you talk to us about how to persist despite the negative energy that so often is thrown at folks trying to do something special with their lives?


Alert: January 17th Veterinary Medical Board Meeting Cancelled! And News from OC Animal Care!

1️⃣ SCIL planned to present proposed legislation that would allow Registered Veterinary Technicians to perform male cat neuters under the direct supervision of a California veterinarian to the Veterinary Medical Board. The next meeting will now take place in April. We will be moving the legislation forward in the meantime and will let you know how to support us once the bill is introduced.
2️⃣ GOOD NEWS! OC Animal Care has listened to the concerns of the community, and permanently expanded its business hours while adding three hours of “walk-through time” a day. Click on the picture to read the OC Register article.


#GivingTuesday! Please donate and help us save animals!

Wondering where to direct your end-of-year donations? Please consider giving to our 501(c)(4), Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), to support our political advocacy work, and/or making a tax-deductible donation to our 501(c)(3), Social Compassion, to help us continue our animal rescue work, humane education and much more.


The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter is rolling out the Pets for Vets adoption program this week in celebration of Veterans Day!

The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter will be waiving all adoption fees for any active duty, honorably discharged or retired military veterans in Orange County who apply and qualify to adopt a pet. This will be a permanent program so fee-free adoptions will continue beyond Veterans Day, but every day is a great day to adopt a pet! Please help us spread the word.


CDFA Now Excepting Pet Lover’s License Plate Grant Applications & Invitation to Upcoming Pet Overpopulation Webinar

We are thrilled to announce that the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will be granting out up to $350,000 in funding for the 2024 Pet Lover’s License Plate Grant Program (Pet Lover’s), which will mean after this round over $1.85M dollars will have been granted out for spay and neuter surgeries!

JOIN US FOR THE WEBINAR TO DISCUSS: “Backyard Breeding, Animal Overpopulation, and Policies & Actions That Can Make A Difference!” on November 8th!


Lawsuit Against Wagmor Pets Highlights Serious Allegations of Laundering Puppy-Mill Bred Dogs!

Over the last few years, SCIL has received complaints from concerned supporters about the business practices of The Wagmor, a for-profit entity, and Wagmor Pets, a nonprofit entity. Concerns raised to us have centered on suspicions that the Wagmor has been flouting California law, AB 485, which SCIL sponsored in 2017, which bans the sale of dogs, cats, or rabbits from pet stores.


Call to Action: Federal Ban on Kangaroo Sales Ban!

SCIL is excited to support the effort led by the New South Wales (NSW) Member of Parliament, Emma Hurst, to save Australian kangaroos. We met with the Honorable Emma Hurst and her team on their recent visit to the United States to advocate for US support in shutting down its market for kangaroo products.


OC Register Coverage of Pesticide Fight; Invitation to Join Pet Overpopulation Webinar!

The Laguna Beach Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) hearing held on September 18th heard a proposal for five actions, copied below. The proposal was submitted for a vote by the Wildlife Subcommittee, which is led by our founder and president, Judie Mancuso.
We are happy to report that the ESC voted unanimously to move these recommendations to the full City Council for consideration.


Breaking News: Governor Newsom Signs SCIL Sponsored Bill!

Assembly Bill 829, the Animal Cruelty & Violence Intervention Act will expand currently required counseling for violations of Penal Code 597 to additional sections pertaining to animal abuse, such as those involving malicious violence, willful poisoning, or bestiality.


Call to Action! Contact the Governor for AB 829!

AB 829 is officially on the Governor’s desk! Governor Newsom has until October 14th to sign AB 829 into law or veto.
We are hopeful Governor Newsom will sign the bill into law since this policy will save animals from horrific abuse and prevent future violence against humans. But the Governor MUST hear from all of us. He needs to know there is support for this legislation. He needs to hear from you!


AB 829 Passes Senate! Now Awaits Governor’s Signature!

This evening, Assembly Bill 829, the Animal Cruelty & Violence Intervention Act, authored by Assemblywoman Marie Waldron (R-Valley Center) and sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation, passed the full Senate with a vote of 40-0. The bill also passed a procedural concurrence vote in the Assembly. The bill will be sent to the Governor, where he will have 30 days to sign the bill into law or veto it.

ACR 86 Animal Rights Bill California


Our bills are at the final stage of the legislative process and need your help immediately!

Both AB 829 (Waldron), the Animal Cruelty & Violence Intervention Act, and ACR 86 (Kalra), the Pet Crisis Response Act, are eligible for a Senate vote. The end of the session is tomorrow. If they are not voted on by the end of session, then they are dead.

📞 Please call the two Senators listed ASAP!


MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Conference with Priscilla Presley, Social Compassion in Legislation & ASM Kalra

Monday, August 28, 2023 at 10:00 AM | Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) will hold a press conference with American icon Priscilla Presley, Social Compassion in Legislation’s Founder and President, Judie Mancuso, and Sacramento SPCA CEO, Kenn Altine, and co-authors to advocate for ACR 86, the Pet Overpopulation Crisis Response Act, prior to the bill’s hearing at noon.


Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this Saturday!

If you haven’t yet purchased your ticket for this Saturday’s Animal Rights Event of the Year with Priscilla Presley, please don’t wait another day. Come spend the evening in a gorgeous setting with amazing animal lovers, delicious vegan food, and a silent auction you won’t want to miss – including a surprise item from the private collection of The King himself, personalized by Priscilla.

Happy 4th of July... Keep Pets Safe Indoors!

Breaking News: ACR 86 Passes Assembly Floor; Updated Invitation for SCIL Event on July 15th!

Today, ACR 86, the Pet Crisis Response Act, authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra and coauthored by a bipartisan group of twelve legislators, passed the Assembly Floor with a vote of 66-0. The resolution details the underlying issues that have contributed to too many dogs, cats, rabbits and other species being born in or brought into California without enough Californians willing to give them forever homes and urges action on the pet overpopulation crisis in California.


Save the Date and Need Your Help!

AB 332, The Animal Shelter Data Collection Act, needs your telephone call now! Also, save the date of July 15th – it’s our Animal Rights Event of the Year!


Invitation for Animal Rights Event of the Year!

We are so excited to invite you to our first fundraiser since early 2020! We will be hosted by the ever-generous Michelson family in Brentwood, and we will be honoring the one and only Priscilla Presley for her lifetime of animal advocacy.


AB 829 Advances & Needs Your Help for Next Step; Update on Laguna Beach Climate Action!

As many of you might know, I have been the Vice Chair of the Laguna Beach Environmental Sustainability Committee for the past four years. Our committee passed some policy recommendations to the Laguna Beach City Council (LBCC) this week with unanimous votes. I wanted to share our progress with you, and will ask for your support once these items come to the LBCC for a vote.


Big Day for Animals at California State Capitol!

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 – Today, AB 332, the Shelter Animal Data Collection Act, authored by Assembly Member Alex Lee (D-San Jose) and sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee with a unanimous vote.

Hello 2023

Please make a year-end donation to help us save animals in 2023!

Wondering where to direct your end-of-year donations? Please consider giving to our 501(c)(4), Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), to support our political advocacy work, and/or making a tax-deductible donation to our 501(c)(3), Social Compassion, to help us continue our animal rescue work, humane education and much more. 

Ensure Non-animal Entertainment Replaces Pony Rides

Public Comment Needed to Thank Commissioners and Ensure Non-animal Entertainment Replaces Pony Rides

This Thursday at 11:00 am PST, please call-in to the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks meeting that is specifically designated for discussion on the Griffith Park Pony Rides.

Please thank Commissioners Jimmy Kim, Matthew Rudnick and the Commissioners for not renewing the Griffith Park and Pony Ride contract, and ensure that the park is changed to a non-animal model that is fun and safe for kids.

Human Rights Day Rally

Rally in honor of the 75th anniversary of Human Rights Day in Laguna Beach, Sponsored by Social Compassion

We are honored to announce that tomorrow, December 10th, Social Compassion, our 501(c)3, is the organizing nonprofit for the International Human Rights Day Rally in Laguna Beach! We know where human rights violations occur, animals also suffer greatly. Over the last year, we have witnessed scenes from Ukraine where huge numbers of wildlife and companion animals have perished due to the devastating effects of war. Where governments oppress their citizens, when those citizens must fight for their own basic rights, those same citizens are not able to stand up and fight for the protection of animals and the environment, everyone suffers.

Stop the cruelty! Updates on Griffith Park Ponies, Big Cats, & Rodeos!

Updates on Griffith Park Ponies, Big Cats, & Rodeos!

Abusive pony rides in Griffith Park finally ending! Big cat public safety act passes both houses; now on its way to President Biden for his signature! & L.A. Ordinance to curb rodeos passes committee vote; heads to full city council in January!


Invitation and Call to Action.

AB 1648 the Animal Evacuation Act is officially on the Governor’s desk! Governor Newsom has until September 30th to sign AB 1648 into law or veto. // & You are invited to a virtual fundraiser!


Bad News for Dogs and Cats. 😢

We are frustrated to announce that AB 1881, the Dog and Cat Bill of Rights has failed to pass the Senate. We are particularly dismayed to convey that CalAnimals, the association representing animal control agencies and animal shelters in the state, played the leading role in killing the bill.


Call to Action for AB 1648, the Animal Evacuation Bill!

AB 1648 Passes Out of Senate Appropriations Committee with a 6-0 Vote! We are thrilled that Senator Portantino and Senate leadership supported AB 1648, authored by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (D – San Diego), and moved the bill to the Senate floor.


2021 SCIL Sponsored Bills

Good morning animal lovers! As you may have seen from our previous emails, Social Compassion in Legislation is sponsoring bills to help dogs and cats, wildlife, and drive sustainability in our state and now is the time to have your voice heard!