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May 5, 2023

AB 332 Unanimously Passes Assembly Appropriations Committee

AB 332, the Shelter Animal Data Collection Act, authored by Assembly Member Alex Lee (D-San Jose) and sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee with a unanimous vote. AB 332 will require the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to restore the collection of in-take and outcome data, including vaccination, adoption, and euthanasia figures from municipal animal shelters and make publicly available.

The state, local jurisdictions, and nonprofits invest hundreds of millions of dollars in our shelter system to save animals’ lives. Yet the data these entities rely on to direct these resources is no longer available. This transparency will ensure that the state and other entities are able to direct funding efficiently to shelters with the greatest need, while also giving policymakers a more complete picture of the pet overpopulation problem to make informed policy decisions.

From 1995 through 2016, CDPH requested a variety of data from city and county animal shelters as part of its annual rabies control activities reporting and was posted on their website. The data was useful to advocates and policymakers, who used the information to identify regions of the state where certain program support was needed to reduce euthanasia rates and other adverse outcomes for animals in shelters and was particularly valuable for prioritizing funding.

However, not only did CDPH arbitrarily reduce the categories of data it collected from public animal shelters beginning in 2017, excluding the most important information pertaining to animals received and discharged, this year it has removed the reports completely from their website. CDPH on their own volition has gone completely opaque from their once transparent approach.

The intent of this bill is to restore the collection of the data. This would include information specifically relating to dog and cats taken in stray or relinquished by owner, discharged by local animal control authorities, including, but not limited to, number reclaimed by owner, adopted by the public or a rescue organization, euthanized, died, or transferred to another shelter.

By pinpointing geographically where the highest need and overpopulation exists, local and state policymakers will have a tool to help guide existing resources.

The bill will go to the Assembly floor for a full vote so please call your Assemblymember today.

AB 332 Needs Your Call to Your Assemblymember!


Please make a call no later than Tuesday, May 9 at 5pm and simply urge them to vote "YES" on AB 332!

Assemblymember Ash Kalra Joined by Several Legislators in Audit Request of State's Procurement of Tropical Deforestation-linked Commodities

Yesterday, May 4th, Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) was joined by Assemblymembers Laura Friedman, Luz Rivas, Alex Lee and Senator Henry Stern and supported by Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) and Friends of the Earth, in submitting a letter requesting the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to conduct an audit of California’s procurement of products harvested from tropical forests, otherwise referred to as tropical forest-risk commodities.

The request is a follow up on a multiyear effort to pass a bill which would ensure California's procurement does not include products produced in areas of tropical deforestation. Those attempts failed due to pushback from the Department of General Services. A preliminary analysis conducted by our partners, Friends of the Earth, showed that in 2019 roughly $1.8 billion of California's purchases could be linked to deforestation. The purpose of the audit is to definitively quantify the amount of purchases linked to deforestation, which we anticipate will provide evidence to compel the Governor to sign future legislation.

Click on the letter pictured below to read the entire audit request.

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