Veto SB 1221
  • Petitioned CA Governor Jerry Brown

This petition was delivered to:

Governor of California
CA Governor Jerry Brown

Veto SB 1221

    1. Rachele Ann
    2. Petition by

      Rachele Ann

      Sacramento, CA

On the surface, SB 1221 can appear to be a law that will protect California's wildlife and hunting dogs. However, there is some very concerning language in the law.

From the text of the bill: "SECTION 1.
Section 3032 is added to the Fish and Game Code, to read:

(a) As used in this section:
(1) “Bear” and “pursue” have the same meanings as defined in Section 3960.
(2) “Hound” means a dog used to pursue mammals."

--This section means that ANY dog would be classified as a "hound" if a Fish & Game employee determines that the animal is "used to pursue mammals".--

SEC. 2.
Section 3960 of the Fish and Game Code is amended to read:

(B) Capture or dispatch any dog inflicting injury or immediately threatening to inflict injury to any big game mammal during the closed season on that mammal, and the department may capture or dispatch any dog inflicting injury or immediately threatening to inflict injury on any bear or bobcat at any time, or any fully protected, rare, or endangered mammal at any time.

(C) Capture or dispatch any dog inflicting injury or immediately threatening to inflict injury to any mammal in a game refuge or ecological reserve if hunting within that refuge or ecological reserve is unlawful.

>>>(2) No criminal or civil liability shall accrue to any department employee as a result of enforcement of this section.<<<

Essentially, this law gives Fish & Game license to kill any dog found on a refuge or ecological reserve or any time hunting is not in season because the wording of this bill is so vague and does not put enough burden of proof on F&G's shoulders . If there can be no civil or criminal liability to an F&G employee upon killing (dispatching) or capturing a dog, where is the due process for the citizens of California and where is the accountability to F&G to be honest and interpret the law justly?

We ask that Governor Jerry Brown veto SB 1221 based on the fact that it denies ALL CA dog owners their rights to due process and grants way too much discretion to the Department of Fish & Game.

The complete bill text can be found here:;jsessionid=1efca575b6814f603043733c6f5d

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jonathan Stayer REDDING, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is part of our heritage. We need to control the population of these animals.

    • Mike Spink MARIANNA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      The humane society is the largest anti hunting group in America. Hound hunting has been around since the United States has. The dogs love running, and that's all they know. Keep hound hunting legal.


    • Max Macanas ARCATA, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Im a hunter

    • Ryan Williams MERCED, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      There is no animal cruelty in bear hunting with hounds. These dogs are made to hunt and are best freinds to us hunters. The dogs do no damage to the bear when its alive. Seeing a bear in person is rare so whats going to happen to the bear population when this is in effect? Not many bear are going to be harvested without hounds. This is going to be a huge mistake

    • Chata Downes EJ CAJON, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is the same fish & game. That are allowing 2 orphaned bear cubs to starve in n CA they need to be schooled on common sense


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