GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS...
FIRST THE GOOD NEWS!
Friends of the Earth, Jeff Conant, and SCIL's Nick Sackett testifying in committee.
SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES AB 572 WITH A VOTE OF 12-2!
REQUIRES STATE CONTRACTORS NOT ENGAGE IN TROPICAL DEFORESTATION
 
AB 572 passage is critical to protecting vanishing species and forests
                                                                                                                        
TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2019 – SACRAMENTO – The Senate Committee on Governmental Organization voted yesterday to require state contractors selling tropical forest-risk commodities, such as palm oil or rubber, to develop and abide by an anti-deforestation policy, known as a “No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation” (or an NDPE policy), that protects tropical rainforests around the world, part of this legislative session’s sweeping package of environmental and animal rights legislation.
                  
“State contractors providing palm oil and other tropical forest-risk commodities have sustainable and unsustainable sources to choose from – but we as residents and taxpayers cannot leave that decision up to the lowest bidder,” said Judie Mancuso, Founder and CEO of Social Compassion in Legislation , co-sponsor of the legislation and several other bills on animal rights, protection and welfare. “We need to stand up and say our rainforests matter, and Californians do not want to indirectly contribute to their destruction.”

Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), author of AB 572, said, “We can’t say we are a pro-environment state if we contribute to tropical forest destruction around the world. California must have no part in purchasing commodities and products that contribute to deforestation, and I want to thank my colleagues for standing with me to protect these fragile ecosystems along with the indigenous communities and wildlife that live in them."

“When a rainforest is gone, it is gone for good. Extinction means forever, and we need to do all that we can to protect and save our rainforests that house millions of species,” Mancuso added.

Social Compassion in Legislation is joined by Friends of the Earth and Peace4Animals as co-sponsors of the bill. Next, AB 572 heads to Senate Appropriations Committee.

Final Vote:

Ayes: Dodd, Wilk, Allen, Archuleta, Bradford, Chang, Galgiani, Hill, Hueso, Portantino, Rubio, Wiener 

Noes: Jones, Nielsen 
NOW FOR THE BAD NEWS!
The horrible alligator and crocodile killing bill, AB 719 (Rubio/Gray) passed the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee yesterday with a vote of 5-3. It was quite the political theatre, along with politicians making sure they got something done for the special interest, who are out to keep torturing and exploiting animals for expensive purses and belts. And they even created amendments to the bill on the fly from scribbles on a napkin to keep the bill alive for them....I kid you not.

We thank the three no votes, and thank you for making the calls. We will continue to fight to kill this bill.
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Here is the final and extremely disappointing vote:

Ayes: 5
Ben Allen (D)
Annie Caballero (D)
Bob Hertzberg (D)
Ben Hueso (D)
Brian Jones (R)

Noes: 3
Chair Henry Stern (D)
Hanna Beth Jackson (D)
Bill Monning (D)
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