November 30, 2023


TWO CALLS TO ACTION!


Support Los Angeles Ordinance to Ban Rodeos

&

Support CDFW's Proposed Prohibition on Import Permits of Invasive Species!

L.A. ORDINANCE TO BAN RODEOS UP FOR VOTE THIS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5th at 8:30!


NEED YOUR VOICE NOW AND ATTENDANCE IF YOU'RE IN THE

LOS ANGELES AREA!


The Los Angeles City Council is poised to vote on an ordinance that would ban rodeos! The ordinance, which is authored by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, would continue the public recognition that rodeos are extremely cruel.


The LATimes wrote an enlightening article on the concerns around animals in rodeos. And another article on the ordinance HERE.


There is a growing tide of public backlash against rodeos for their horrific treatment of animals. If L.A.'s ordinance passes, our hope is that it marks the beginning of the end of these cruel, exploitative events simply for "entertainment" in California.


PLEASE ATTEND NEXT WEEK & EMAIL/CALL!


WHAT: Rally and City Council vote on Los Angeles rodeo ban

WHEN: Tuesday, December 5, arrive at 8:30 am, rally starts promptly at 9:00 am (allow time to park and navigate downtown LA)

WHERE: South Lawn, Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA

DETAILS: Free signs and T-shirts will be provided!

PARKING: Nearby parking options here; nearby public transit stops here.


In the meantime, please call and email the L.A. City Councilmembers. You can email them all at once. If you can only call 1 or 2, please prioritize Paul Krekorian and Marqueece Harris-Dawson or if you live in L.A., prioritize your district.


"SUPPORT THE RODEO ORDINANCE!"


Council District 1 – Councilmember Eunisses Hernandez, Councilmember.Hernandez@lacity.org, 213-473-7001

Council District 2 – Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Councilmember.Krekorian@lacity.org, 213-473-7002

Council District 3 – Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Councilmember.Blumenfield@lacity.org, 213-473-7003

Council District 4 – Councilmember Nithya Raman, Councilmember.Raman@lacity.org, 213-473-7004

Council District 5 – Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky, Councilmember.Yaroslavsky@lacity.org, 213-473-7005

Council District 6 – Councilmember Imelda Padilla, Councilmember.Padilla@lacity.org, 213-473-7006

Council District 7 – Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, Councilmember.Rodriguez@lacity.org, 213-473-7007

Council District 8 – Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Councilmember.Harris-Dawson@lacity.org, 213-473-7008

Council District 9 – Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr., Councilmember.Price@lacity.org, 213-473-7009

Council District 10 – Councilmember Heather Hutt, Councilmember.Hutt@lacity.org, 213-473-7010

Council District 11 – Councilmember Traci Park, Councilmember.Park@lacity.org, 213-473-7011

Council District 12 – Councilmember John Lee, Councilmember.Lee@lacity.org, 213-473-7012

Council District 13 – Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martinez, Councilmember.Soto-Martinez@lacity.org, 213-473-7013

Council District 14 – Councilmember Kevin de León, councilmember.kevindeleon@lacity.org, 213-473-7014

Council District 15 – Councilmember Tim McOsker, Councilmember.McOsker@lacity.org, 213-473-7015

NEED YOU NOW FOR CALIFORNIA'S NATIVE FROGS & TURTLES!



As you may know if you have followed SCIL's work over the last several years, California's native frogs and turtles are being decimated by the over 2 million imported bullfrogs and turtles that are meant to be sold in live markets for food. These imported animals often find their way into California's ecosystems by human negligence where they wreck havoc on native species.


The California Fish and Game Commission, which is apprised of five commissioners by the Governor, will be meeting on December 13th to vote on strategies for the American Bullfrog and Non-native Turtles Stakeholder Engagement Project.


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has recommended a complete ban on imports for nearly 10 years. We are urging the Commission to finally listen to the CDFW to include a complete ban on imports of bullfrogs and non-native turtles in order to help reduce the spread of these invasive species and the diseases that they spread to California's native wildlife.


Our input to the Commission is simply to listen to the science and the recommendation from the Department, which is:


  1. Restricting the issuance of importation permits are more effective and thus require less enforcement effort.
  2. Reducing or eliminating importation of live bullfrogs will proportionally reduce population pressure of American bullfrogs and novel emerging amphibian pathogens into California, thereby reducing threats to California wildlife.
  3. It is reasonable to expect the larger and more comprehensive the ban or reduction, the greater the benefits realized to California wildlife.


Please send a simple email stating:


Dear Commissioners,


Please vote for a complete import ban on bullfrogs and non-native turtles.


You can 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 no later than NOON on December 8th!


You may submit your written comments by emailing:


fgc@fgc.ca.gov

Thank you so much for using your voice to protect California's wildlife and animals used in rodeos!


Thank you so much,

Judie Mancuso, founder/CEO/president

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