Hounding – the use of packs of dogs to chase and tree another animal as part of a hunt is unsporting, unethical and inhumane. California is one of the few states to still allow the use of hounds to hunt bears and bobcats, but we have the chance to end this terrible practice.
The California Assembly is about to vote on a bill to ban the use of packs of dogs to chase and tree predators in the state. Over 80% of Californian's oppose this type of hunting and would like to see it made illegal. As Ted Lieu, the Chairman of the Senate Labor Committee said " It is an inhumane practice. It's been likened to shooting animals at the zoo."
Even states that are as pro-hunting as Montana have banned the use of hounds for hunting bears and big cats, referring to the practice as "a violation of the state's fair-chase principals".
California should be leading the way in its humane and ethical treatment of our native wildlife and domestic pets. Please tell the State Assembly to vote in favor of banning hounding when it comes up for a vote.
For more information on hounding please see this article that recently appeared at SFGate.com
Important points about hounding:
Dear California State Assembly Members
We the undersigned hereby request that you vote to ban the practice of hunting with hounds -- aka "hounding" within the state of California.
Hounding is considered inhumane to both the hounds and the animals they pursue, it endangers non-targeted wildlife and disrupts the quiet enjoyment of nature by third parties.
14 states that allow the hunting of bears have already banned the use of dogs in pursuit of other animals. California should not let a small but vocal group of hunters that wish to practice an activity opposed by 80% of Californians dicate policy.
Please act in the stead of California's wild and domestic animals as well of the majority of the population by putting an end to this abhorrent form of animal abuse.