California Senate Bill 1480 (“The Consumer and Wildlife Protection Act”)is as of this writing (May 2012) working its way through the Legislature on its way, we hope, to becoming law.
Introduced by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) and co-authored by Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland), Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Long Beach) and Assemblyman Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), SB 1480 will protect wildlife from unnecessary death and cruelty, reduce costs incurred by animal control and wildlife rehabilitation centers, decrease the chances of family dogs and cats being inadvertently killed in traps, and protect homeowners who are often mislead by scofflaw wildlife trappers.
Among other protection measures SB1480 will:
- Require trappers to provide a written contract to consumers that include a summary of the laws related to dealing with wildlife.
- Require trappers to take steps to avoid orphaning dependant young and leaving them to die.
- Prohibit the most heinous methods of killing wildlife: drowning, chest-crushing and injection with chemical solvents, such as nail polish remover.
- Require that special precautions be taken when dealing with bats. In California,10 of our 24 bat species are classified as "Species of Special Concern," meaning urgent protection is needed to prevent them from becoming threatened or endangered species.
- Place additional restriction on the use of kill-type traps to reduce the chances of family pets being inadvertently killed.
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Pretty Birdie is a hand-made, eco friendly clothing line founded in 2008, and based in Greesnboro, NC. The company's founder and head designer, Stephanie Teague, has been in the world of fashion for more than 15 years, beginning as a model. She worked in many major markets across the United States and Europe, and gained incredible insight into the world of design and fashion. She is completely self-taught as a designer. Stephanie began Pretty Birdie with one main objective - to provide buyers with eco-friendly clothing and accessories that were fashionable, yet comfortable.
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From Animal Issues, Volume 40 Number 1, Spring 2009
Excruciating pain. Lost limbs. Even death. These are the results of trapping ... not only for the wild animals whose furs are stripped from their bodies, but also for family dogs and cats and even endangered species who are “incidentally” caught in the remorseless jaws of leghold traps, Conibear traps, or snares (cable nooses).
Captured by the thousands from exotic locations, few wild birds survive the long journey to distant pet markets. Primates, rare reptiles, and other species are traded as “pets” to people who don’t understand these animals’ specialized needs. Bears are slaughtered for their gallbladders and paws. Elephants are murdered for their ivory, and young elephants are forcibly torn from their families to be shipped to far-off zoos. Fox, ermine, mink, and other furbearers are ensnared in barbaric traps to provide fur for fashion.
Here's a quick "cheat sheet" to help you become an expert "fur or faux" detective:
Bundled up in her favorite long black and tan tweed coat, Eleanor strolled down the sidewalk enjoying the brisk chill in the air. A young woman approached Eleanor with a look of concern in her eyes and asked, “Excuse me, ma’am, but that’s not real fur on your collar, is it?” Eleanor was shocked, and quickly said, “Why no, I would never wear fur. It is an awful thing to kill an animal for its fur.” The young woman smiled and said, “Well, I’m sure glad you checked, I know it can be hard to tell sometimes,” and wished Eleanor a pleasant day.
After the woman walked away, Eleanor began to wonder what she had meant when she said she was glad she “checked” that the collar was not real fur. Why, she just assumed the fur was fake. The furry-looking lapel was dyed a creamy tan color, unlike any animal she’d ever seen. And the price sure didn’t indicate that it was real fur — she got a great deal on the coat. But was it actual fur? How awful she would feel to know that her purchase was an end product of animal suffering.
In the U.S., rabbits are classic icons of childhood innocence and mischief. Whether it’s the wise-cracking, carrot-munching Bugs Bunny; the treat-delivering Easter Bunny; sweet Thumper from Bambi; the sleepy young rabbit in Goodnight Moon; or Beatrix Potter’s beloved Peter Rabbit and friends, rabbits have long occupied a cherished place in our collective consciousness.
But while we shower adoration on make-believe bunnies, we too often heap terrible abuses on actual ones. A disturbing number of industries — including apparel, cosmetics, wildlife control, and the pet trade — exploit countless rabbits each and every year.
Not long ago, an animal advocate contacted API for advice. Like many people, the caller was deeply troubled by the mistreatment of animals in circuses, and wanted to take action. She wasn’t exactly sure what she could do, but was considering trying to get her home state to pass a law restricting the use of wild animals in circuses and traveling shows.