March 30, 2023

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Marine Protected Areas!

In 2012, after an eight-year planning effort, the California Fish and Game Commission established the statewide network of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) along our coast. MPAs are named, discrete geographic marine or estuarine areas designed to "protect or conserve marine life and habitat." After 10 years, the Commission is now conducting a Decadal Management Review, representing the first ever comprehensive evaluation of the entire statewide MPA Network. To learn more about the MPA's, including links to maps, go to the Department's MPA FAQ page. You can also read the actual review document HERE.

SCIL has been participating in the MPA review process. Unfortunately, the voices heard at the first Fish and Game Commission meeting were primarily concerned with "take," which is a nice way of saying killing. Marine life is being pushed to the brink due to rampant commercial fishing. MPA's should be safe haven's for marine life.

Our input to the Commission is the following:

  1. Keep or expand marine protected areas where NO fishing, "take," or "harvesting" is allowed.
  2. Elevate the perspective that many Californians hold, which is that we need to moving away from "taking" or "harvesting" and towards the view that killing should not be an ingredient in conserving marine life.

Use the above bullet points in your comment, but feel free to use your own voice. Email your comment to the Fish and Game Commission by Thursday, April 6th!

You may submit your written comments by emailing:

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Make a Call Regarding OC

Animal Abuser

Demand District Attorney Prosecutes to the Fullest Extent of the Law!

Man accused of smashing cat on windshields in Huntington Beach,

killing the animal


PUBLISHED: March 24, 2023 at 3:54 p.m. 

UPDATED: March 24, 2023 at 4:07 p.m.

A 38-year-old man was behind bars Friday on charges of slamming a cat against the windshields of cars in Huntington Beach, killing the animal.

Beau Browning Watson pleaded not guilty Thursday to cruelty to animals and two counts of vandalism, all felonies, in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana. He was next due in court on April 4 for a pretrial hearing in the West Justice Center in Westminster.

Police were called about 8 p.m. Tuesday to the 1800 block of Main Street regarding a disturbance of the peace complaint, said Jessica Cuchilla, a spokeswoman for the Huntington Beach Police Department.

When the officers arrived, they found Browning had allegedly smashed the cat against parked cars, breaking two windshields, Cuchilla said.

Watson, who listed his occupation as artist, was being held on $20,000 bail, according to jail records.

Please call or email the Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer and simply demand that the DA push for the toughest sentencing allowed for Mr. Watson.



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Click on the picture to read the article on the stolen parrot.

Multiple thefts of exotic birds have been in the press this past month. They are being targeted by thieves across California due to their high value. Breeding of animals is likened to drug dealing, in the sense that they are both cash transactions and high dollar. Please only adopt from a shelter or a reputable rescue group.

Thankfully the bird cited in the linked article was recovered and returned. But the theft highlights the need to put an end to the exotic bird trade.

To learn more about the impacts that breeding and captivity have on wild birds, like the above pictured African Grey Parrot, please read the policy paper published by the Animals and Society Institute by clicking HERE.

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