September 9, 2019
We thank our Floor Manager, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia for presenting SB 313, and for his leadership .
SB 313 (Hueso)
Circus Cruelty Prevention Act
Passes Assembly Floor 56-11-12!

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Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 – SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 313, the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act, was approved today by the full Assembly by a 56 - 11 vote and now heads to the Senate floor for concurrence, then to the governor's desk. SB 313 protects many species such as elephants, monkeys, bears and tigers from being forced to perform in circuses, where they are denied any semblance of a natural life while suffering physically and psychologically.

SB 313 is authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and will ban most animals, including wild animals, as performers in all California circuses. The bill is cosponsored by PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to use for entertainment" – and Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), a political advocacy group the creates and changes laws to support animal rights, protection and welfare in California and beyond. 

“Once again, we received huge support for vital legislation that will save animals from torture and death,” said SCIL founder and CEO Judie Mancuso. “Public demand for cruelty-free circuses is growing nationwide and today California moved one step closer to completely banning the inhumane use of animals in circuses.”

Circuses travel nearly year-round, in all weather extremes, with animals confined to trailers or trucks and often lacking necessities such as food, water and veterinary care. Elephants are chained and big cats are imprisoned in cramped, filthy cages, and there’s no relief once the animals reach a venue, where they remain caged and chained in arena basements and parking lots.

“California is the wildlife state. Its topography and climate have produced an amazing diversity of habitat, and a diverse array of both plant and animal species – more than any other state in the US,” said Senator Ben Hueso.“There is no need here, or anywhere, to support traveling animal acts that take these precious creatures out of their natural habitat and place them in dangerous conditions. I thank my colleagues in the Assembly for stepping up to move us one step closer to banning these shows statewide and ending these animals’ suffering once and for all.”

PETA and SCIL helped with much of the research, legislative language and expert testimonies, in addition to generating support from other organizations. Lily Tomlin , Lucy Davis, Joaquin Phoenix, and numerous other stars have all joined PETA's campaign in support of the ban.

“Animals aren't photo props, they don't belong on a carnival midway, and they're not willing participants in circuses, so PETA looks forward to seeing Senator Hueso's bill become law and the days of dragging beleaguered camels and caged tigers across California come to an end,” said PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews.
Close up minnows fish.
AB 733 (Quirk) Replacement of Live Fish Toxicity Test Passes Senate Floor!

AB 733 directs Department of Toxic Substance Control to implement modern methods
MONDAY, SEPT. 9, 2019 – SACRAMENTO —The California Senate has shown unanimous support for Assembly Bill 733, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation are cosponsoring the bill, which could save thousands to millions of fish every year.

Currently, the State of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) requires waste generators and consumer product retailers to use live fish in a toxicity test to classify hazardous waste. Between 10 and 40 live fish are introduced into tanks containing the waste or product being tested. If 10 percent of the animals die within 96 hours, the waste is labeled hazardous. Fish species used include fathead minnows, rainbow trout, and golden shiners. The properties of some testing materials can lead to false positive results, causing California to dispose of waste that may not actually be hazardous, taking resources away from efforts to manage true hazardous waste.

AB 733, once signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, will amend the California’s Health and Safety code, authorizing DTSC to update the criteria and guidelines for the classification of hazardous waste after conducting evaluations of two alternative tests.

“The cruel and antiquated live vertebrate fish test essentially chokes fish to death in toxic waste,” says Judie Mancuso, Founder and CEO of Social Compassion in Legislation , co-sponsor of the legislation. “It’s heartening to see California’s legislators recognize the need to do away with this practice, one that is out of sync with scientific consensus.”

Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) said the following regarding his bill upon approval by the Senate, “Current law requires our state to engage in a practice that no ethical or modern brand in the private sector would ever consider using. I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate for moving this bill—and our state—forward.”

“This outdated test doesn’t come close to the modern, humane hazardous waste classification tests available today. California can protect its beautiful waterways better without it. I look forward to Governor Newsom signing this bill into law,” says Kristie Sullivan, MPH, vice president of research policy for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine .
Please send your support to Governor Newsom for:

SB 64 (Chang) Pet Microchipping
AB 1260 (Maienschein)
Endangered Wildlife

Governor Newsom has now until October 13th to sign or veto all bills coming to his desk.

We need your support for two of our sponsored bills currently on his desk.
Please either call or use the Governor's contact page to send your support of the bill.


PLEASE CALL 916-445-2841




NEXT, Type in your first name, last name, and email.

Then, select the "Please choose your subject" drop down list, and scroll all the way down and select "SB00064.. and AB01260" , then click on "Continue" button.
Next, Click on "PRO" and enter your comment: Please sign SB 64 or AB 1260 into law, Thank you."

Lastly, click on "Send Message" button at the bottom.

It will take less than 5 minutes and means so much!
Update #3
(Here we go again!)

The Gator killers are trying again with yet another "gut and amend" and "jailbreak" bill at the finish line. Their egregious attempts to circumvent the legislative process are appalling with another political shenanigan to push their exploitative goals on Californians with no due process.

They now have AB 1561, a remake of the original AB 521, then AB 719. Both bills stalled in committees, had huge price tags to the state, and this is another regurgitated version. Now they have gut and amended an Assemblymember Christina Garcia bill.

We must continue to fight and represent the voiceless animals and the will of Californians, which 75% support a ban on the sale of exotic skins. We cannot allow them to get away with this!

Please make a call to:

Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins

Senator Anthony Portantino

Please ask them to uphold the legislative process and NOT ALLOW the Louisiana Alligator and Crocodile Slaughter Industry to run roughshod over the California Legislative Process and say "Stop AB 1561."

Thank you for your time on these important bills.
SCIL was on NBC LA
I was fortunate to be interviewed on NBC LA, News Conference with Conan Nolan. Below (click photo) is the interview, we discuss fur trapping, fur wearing, microchipping, circus animals and veganism. Thank you for watching, please send me your thoughts.
Thank you for making calls and sending your support letters. Please help us to continue to save animals. We exist by donations only, please donate today!

With gratitude,
Judie Mancuso, Founder/CEO/President
Social Compassion In Legislation
Social Compassion in Legislation