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San Diego Wildlife Advocates Pave Way To Restore Gray Wolves In California

FOR LYNNA, ET AL. - Just for the record, former Fish & Game Commissioner Dan Richards was railroaded off the Commission in an outburst of self-righteous indignation by a bunch of politicians and would-be animal protectionists in response to his perfectly legal mountain lion hunt in Idaho. I'm no fan of trophy hunting, but we lost one of our better commissioners in the process. In my experience, Mr. Richards was always honest, informed, outspoken, and willing to hear other viewpoints--not always the case with all other commissioners, past and present. Just sayin'.

Current President of the F&G Commission is Mike Sutton (an Audubon rep.) Other members are Jack Baylis, VP; Jim Kellogg (who has said he'd be happy to shoot a wolf, but "you'd never see a photo of it in the newspapers"); Richard Rogers (whose term expired 2+ years ago); and Jacque Hostler-Carmesin, the latest appointee (and one of only THREE women appointed in 140 years).

The Commission is expected to vote on the status of the gray wolf at their April 16 meeting in Ventura, and the public is encouraged to attend and speak. The controversial "coyote killing contests" issue will likely be on the same agenda. (See the Commission's website closer to the date for the complete agenda.)

Letters of concern may now be sent to both the Department and the Commission at the same address: Resources Building, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

EMAIL - DFW Director Chuck Bonham -

EMAIL - Commission - (Sonke Mastrup, Exec. Director)

(NOTE: Letters carry more weight than emails.)

And while you're at it, ask that the Public Forum be re-instated to its rightful place, FIRST THING ON THE AGENDA, where it was for years. Recently, Public Forum has been placed LAST on the agenda, and one is left speaking to a nearly-empty room, often with one or more commissioners departed. Placing the Public Forum first would be far more "user-friendly," and enables the public to allocate its time much more efficiently. Nor would this logical format lengthen the time of these meetings. What's not to like? A cynic might think they really didn't want to hear from us.....

February 18, 2014 at 11:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Calif. Shark Finning Bill Creates Cultural Divide

Kudos to co-authors Assemblymembers Paul Fong (D-Cupertino, himself of Chinese descent), and Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), for putting ocean protection and animal welfare ahead of a brutal and unsustainable cultural practice.

As noted, AB 376 will be heard before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, August 25, and support letters & calls are needed NOW.

Senator Christine Kehoe, chair (D-San Diego), 916/651-4039
Senator Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Hills), 651-4033
Senator Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose), 651-4013
Senator Bill Emmerson (R-Riverside), 651-4037
Senator Ted Lieu (D-Redondo Beach), 651-4028
Senator Fran Pavley (D-Sta Monica), 651-4023
Senator Curren Price (D-L.A.), 651-4026
Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster), 651-4017
Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), 651-4006

Note that Senator Lieu (above) is attempting to amend the bill so as likely to cause its demise. URGE THAT AB 376 BE VOTED UP OR DOWN AS IS, WITH NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS.

Email pattern for all Senators:

Assemblymembers Fong and Huffman may be written at:

Save the sharks. And maybe save the oceans and ourselves in the process.


Eric Mills, coordinator

August 22, 2011 at 5:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legislation To Ban Sale, Possession of Shark Fins In California

Kudos to Assemblymember Fong for putting environmental protection and animal welfare ahead of his own "tradition" and "culture." Would that all of his colleagues in Sacramento were as progressive.

It's very gratifying to see the outpouring of support for the sharks. I only wish there were equal concern for the frogs and turtles in the Chinatown live food markets. California annually imports TWO MILLION American bullfrogs (commercially-raised in Taiwan), and an estimated 300,000-400,000 freshwater turtles (all taken from the wild, depleting local populations). None of these animals are native to California, all are diseased and parasitized (though it's illegal to sell such products for human consumption), and they cause major problems for our native wildlife when released into the wild (a common, though illegal practice. The exotics prey upon and displace the native wildlife.) A recent study documented that, of the market frogs necropsied, 62% tested positive for the chytrid fungus, which has caused the extinction of nearly 200 amphibian species worldwide in recent years. So where's the Health Dept., pray? Not to mention the Dept. of Fish and Game.

Ironically, Assemblyman Fong and Senator Leland Yee, along with four other Asian-American legislators (Assemblymembers Fiona Ma, Ted Lieu, Warren Furutani and Mike Eng) sent a May 4 letter to the State Fish & Game Commission last year, demanding that the 5:0 vote to ban the importation of frogs and turtles for the markets be overturned. Unforgivably, the Commission caved, when their mandate is to protect the state's natural resources. The Commission received nearly 4,000 letters in support of the ban, including letters from United Anglers of California, CalTrout, the Sierra Club, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association, etc. Former Resources Secretary Huey Johnson wrote twice, all to no avail. Politics, anyone? Does it take a ballot initiative? A lawsuit? What, pray?


Eric Mills, coordinator
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February 22, 2011 at 10:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )