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PawPAC is widely respected in the California State Legislature as effective in helping to elect candidates who will pass humane laws—through endorsements, contributions, and annual voting charts. PawPAC is unique by helping to make sure that the laws protect all animals, whether they are used in farming, entertainment or research, or make their home in the wild or with people.
Nothing is more powerful than the written word—especially when it's written in a law book! The lives of millions of animals can be affected overnight when new laws go into effect every January 1.
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the Legislature this year, significantly shortening the session. Bills addressing COVID, homelessness and wildfires took precedence, with only a few other bills. We normally see about 100 animal protection bills. In 2020, only a dozen bills saw a normal process, of which a number failed passage.
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Both legislators introduced multiple bills for animal protection. Ben Allen's SB 1041 to phase out drift gill nets was especially noteworthy.
Richard Bloom's legislation addressed climate change, wildlife, and declared a state dinosaur for the first time.