Posted: Aug 28, 2012 3:18 AM by Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Legislature has sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would prohibit using dogs to hunt bears and bobcats in California.
Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance, who authored SB1221, says it is inhumane to use dogs to chase prey to exhaustion. The bears and bobcats are eventually treed until hunters arrive to shoot them or call off the hounds. Lieu says the dogs also can be injured.
Sen. Doug La Malfa, a Republican from Willows, says opponents of hunting are trying to end "a tradition probably going back since the beginning of mankind."
The Senate agreed to Assembly amendments on a 22-13 vote Monday.
The amendments permit using dogs to track an animal that is causing a nuisance, for research or if an animal enters a dog owner's property.
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