AB 1260 (MAIENSCHEIN) Endangered Wildlife -Passes Senate Floor 31-8!
REDUCING ANIMAL DEATHS: CALIFORNIA SENATE PASSES BAN ON CERTAIN EXOTIC ANIMAL SKINS
AB 1260 to reduce California’s role in high fashion’s animal cruelty
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, Sacramento -
The California state senate passed
, authored by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, by a 31-8 vote on Wednesday. The bill, which now heads to Governor Newsom for his signature, will ban the sale of skins from several species of lizards, including iguanas, hippos, and caiman starting in 2022. The skins of these species are used in the exotic skin trade for fashion items, such as wallets, belts, shoes, and other vanity items.
“The senate’s passage of AB 1260 is another example of the breadth of California’s commitment to morally principled protective legislation for animals,” said
Judie Mancuso, Founder and CEO of Social Compassion in Legislation
, sponsor of the bill. “By voting to end our participation in factory skin farming and the depletion of wild caught animals around the world, the California Senate took a bold step.”
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego),
author of AB 1260, continued, “California has long been a leader in protecting animals, and it’s been illegal to sell the skins of many endangered animals here for decades. As our ecosystem continues to face threats, we need to keep this list up to date.”
“These species, like so many, need our protections, and we believe that Governor Newsom, with his strong moral compass for all living beings, will agree and sign AB 1260 into law,”