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Preserve the human/elephant bond

Senator Ricardo Lara is sponsoring SB 1062 the "Ban the Bullhook Bill" -

it may sound progressive, but don't be fooled!

In 2015 Senator Lara sponsored SB 716, Governor Brown wisely chose to veto it. 
It seems as though Senator Lara does not trust the judgement of the governor.

ALERT    -    ALERT    -    ALERT

Call to Action: SB 1062 

ELEPHANTS Need Your Help!

Senate Bill 1062 authored by Senator Lara has cleared the legislature and has been sent to Governor Brown's desk. SB 1062 is nearly identical to the bill the Governor vetoed last year.  The author and his supporters have refused to accept any proposed compromises.

It is time to write the Governor.  It is best to send your letter before August 23, please do not delay. 

List your concerns and ask him to veto SB 1062.  You can remind Governor Brown that he wisely vetoed this bill (SB 716) last year.
  There is already legislation in place that protects elephant welfare on the federal, state and local levels. 

Contacting Governor Brown

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-2841

Fax: (916) 558-3160

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.

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