Talking Points for Opposing SB 1062
Write that you are opposed to SB 1062 in the subject of the email/letter as well as in the first line.
Include your name and address, otherwise your letter will not be accepted.
Lead off with your own personal story, experience, or connection with elephants and how SB 1062 would affect you.
--- The use of the
guide allows hands-on, intimate contact with elephants which has enabled
California elephants managed with the guide to be at the forefront of
elephant conservation for decades. Everything from diagnostic tests and
therapeutic treatments to elephant orthotics were pioneered with these
elephants. None of those advancements would have happened if these
elephants were managed without use of the guide.
--- The elephant guide is the tool that allows humans to share the same space with elephants. Without that tool we can no longer have elephants in cultural events, outreach programs, film and entertainment.
--- The American Humane Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Elephant Managers Association, the International Elephant Foundation, The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Zoological Association of America all recognize the guide as an appropriate tool for elephant management and care.
--- The guide is equivalent bits and reins for a horse, leads for a dog, or show sticks for livestock.
--- Elephants can be humanely trained using the guide. Training is based on a bond between trainer and elephant. Any tool that elicits fear or anxiety would not be effective in communicating with the elephant, but instead would distract from the elephants ability to understand the message.
--- Proponents of the bill advocate for a management system in which elephants can only interact with humans from behind bars. This is unacceptable because it would outlaw the very best standard of care that free contact elephants are used to. This would also mean that elephants could never leave their enclosures.
--- Elephants are just the beginning. Proponents of SB 1062 openly call for the end of all animals in human care. Once they drive elephants out of the state, and out of our lives, they will go after tigers, lions, horses, and every other animal including eliminating our pets.
--- This is unnecessary legislation as elephant care and welfare is already highly regulated on the federal, state, and local levels. Governor brown vetoed a similar bill last year because there are already laws in place to protect elephants.