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In the News
September 20, 2013 - October is Shelter Pet Awareness Month
Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 61 was passed and filed with the Secretary of State. Modified from its original declaration, the resolution now declares October as Shelter Pet Awareness Month.
Read the full text of Resolution 61.
September 6, 2013 - Governor Brown Signed AB 339 into Law
We are very pleased to announce that Assembly Bill 339 was signed by the Governor today. We are so grateful to Assemblymember Dickinson for championing this very important issue.
July 8, 2013 - SCR 61: Shelter Pets as the Official State Pet
California State Senator Gagliani introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 61, which would declare a Shelter Pet as the official State Pet. The State Humane Association of California is honored to be the resolution's sponsor and we look forward to working with Senator Gagliani to ensure this resolution passes. Having a Shelter Pet be the official State Pet would encourage individuals seeking a pet to consider adopting a shelter pet rather than purchasing one from a breeder or pet store.
May 8, 2013 - AB 339: Sale of Animals at Swap Meets
AB 339 passed through the Assembly Appropriations Committee and its next stop is the floor of the Assembly. This bill was co-sponsored by State Humane Association of California and Born Free USA to ban the sale of animals at swap meets. Because the swap-meet representatives wanted to regulate the sale of live animals at swap meets rather than ban the sale the bill was amended in order to reach a compromise. We agreed to a ban on the sale of live animals at swap meets unless a jurisdiction passes a local ordinance with certain minimum standards related to the care and treatment of the animals. These are enumerated in the bill and include such things as providing proper heat and ventilation, providing adequate space, and having an onsite visit by a California-licensed veterinarian annually. Read the bill in its entirety.
September 26, 2012 - Governor Brown Signs Several Key Animal Welfare Bills
Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced that he has signed the following key bills: AB 610, AB 2194, SB 1162, SB 1221 and SB 1500 along with other animal-related legislation. A descriptions of these bills are available on our Legislation page.
May 3, 2011 - SHAC Files Complaint Against the ASPCA with the Attorney General
The State Humane Association of California announced that a complaint has been filed with the Office of the Attorney General against the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The complaint alleges that ASPCA’s unfair and deceptive fundraising practices harm local humane societies and SPCAs by capitalizing on and reinforcing the widely-held mistaken belief that the ASPCA is a parent or umbrella organization to the thousands of humane societies and SPCAs across the country. Read the Press Release
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