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11/21/12: California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB-1221 into law, officially banning the practice of hound hunting in the state. Despite resistance from advocacy groups, the persistence of concerned individuals and a dedicated legislature finally paid off, guaranteeing more humane treatment of California’s wildlife and, of course, the dogs used for hounding.
Final signature count: 16,764
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Bullying is something that humans have been doing to each other for a long time, but in California, humans have crossed over into the animal kingdom and reached an all-time low with the practice of hounding. Hounding involves fitting packs of dogs with radio collars and setting them free to chase down animals like bears and cougars. GPS tracking devices allow hunters to find where the dogs have cornered the frightened animals.

These hunts can take unexpected courses because the dogs encounter and harass other unintended animals. They can also cause nuisances for surrounding homes. The humans aren't there to intervene, so the dogs have free reign.

In addition, the dogs used are often treated simply as tools of the trade, not lovingly as pets.

Write to the California Fish and Game Commission asking they immediately address the important issue of hounding as a hunting tactic.

Dear Members of the California Fish and Game Commission:

Please re-examine your game hunting regulations in California.

As a dedicated animal advocate, I am very concerned about tactics hunters are using to hunt game like bears, cougars, and bobcats. They're fitting dogs with radio collars, setting them loose, and then tracking them once they have cornered the animal. Just when the dogs have stopped running, that's when the hunters intervene and shoot the cornered animal out from its hiding place.

As if hunting could get any more unfair, these hunters are taking it to a new level. And it's nothing short of savagery.

Please do all you can to see that this cruel tactic is criminalized as soon as possible.

Thank you for your consideration.

Petition Signatures

Nov 21, 2012 Patricia Sánchez
Nov 21, 2012 Adrienne Gardner
Nov 21, 2012 Melina Sattelberger
Nov 21, 2012 nino ritchi
Nov 21, 2012 mara Fernández
Nov 20, 2012 ayana baltrip
Nov 20, 2012 beth topping stop
Nov 20, 2012 Julie talbott
Nov 20, 2012 Jennifer` Willison
Nov 20, 2012 Nancy Crom This is grossly unfair! You call this hunting?
Nov 20, 2012 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2012 j. R. Denis levy
Nov 20, 2012 Richard Amodeo
Nov 20, 2012 Tara Yarczower
Nov 20, 2012 Teresa Gibeau
Nov 20, 2012 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2012 Carly Beard
Nov 20, 2012 Amy Waughtal
Nov 20, 2012 tracey timpone I live and vote in California
Nov 20, 2012 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2012 maria brion
Nov 20, 2012 Kersi Vakil Tell these frustrated / lazy hunter to stop!
Nov 20, 2012 BRENDA WALKER
Nov 20, 2012 Sherry Mcgowan
Nov 20, 2012 Erin Quigley
Nov 20, 2012 Pattie Bontz
Nov 20, 2012 Kianna LeVay
Nov 20, 2012 anne claire fasol
Nov 20, 2012 Sherri Smith
Nov 20, 2012 Scarlatt Napp
Nov 20, 2012 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2012 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2012 Joanne Parker A form of animal creutly for both the bears (cougars) and the dogs doing the chasing.
Nov 20, 2012 crystal thompson
Nov 20, 2012 joyce launderville
Nov 20, 2012 Galina Maksimova
Nov 20, 2012 Million McEachirn
Nov 20, 2012 claudio p
Nov 20, 2012 Silvania Dacunha
Nov 20, 2012 DONNA DILLA
Nov 20, 2012 Christine Jones
Nov 20, 2012 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2012 Marty Davis
Nov 20, 2012 Lynn Greenhut
Nov 20, 2012 germaine dely
Nov 20, 2012 Cheryl Schuelke These people aren't hunters. They're lazy cowards.
Nov 20, 2012 heather carr
Nov 20, 2012 Colleen Ferguson
Nov 20, 2012 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2012 lisa bercegay

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