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.