Governor Newsom Signs Animal Welfare Bills

Los Angeles, CA (10/14/19) – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) congratulates California Governor, Gavin Newsom, for giving voice to the voiceless with his signing of a package of animal welfare bills meant to combat animal cruelty.

AB 44 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) implements a statewide prohibition on the sale and manufacture of new fur products in California which will go into effect January 1, 2023.

SB 313 by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) bans the use of bears, tigers, elephants, monkeys and other wild animals in circuses (goes into effect January 1, 2020).

AB 1254 by Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) prohibits hunting, trapping or killing bobcats in California until 2025.

Additional bills were signed, including AB 128 that protects California’s wild and domestic horses from slaughter and AB 1260 that adds animals including hippopotamuses to the import and trade prohibition of dead animals and dead animal parts. AB611 prohibits sexual contact, as defined, with any animal, and AB 1125 creates the Animal Control Officer Standards Act which requires the California Animal Welfare Association (CalAnimals) to develop and maintain standards for a program to certify animal control officers.