Peace 4 Animals Anti-Deforestation Bill Is Among 4 Animal Welfare Bills That Advanced Yesterday In The CA Assembly!

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The sweeping list of animal protection bills moving through the California legislature continued yesterday with the State Assembly voting to require all state contractors to develop and abide by an anti-deforestation policy to protect tropical rainforests and endangered species worldwide, part of this legislative sessions environmental and animal rights legislation that continues to move forward.

Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), author of AB 572, stated, “We can’t say we’re a pro-environment state if we let rainforests be destroyed around the world. California must have no part in deforestation, and I want to thank my colleagues for standing with me to protect these fragile ecosystems and the animals that live in them.”

“How can we help solve the enormous problem of deforestation,” states Katie Cleary, Founder of Peace 4 Animals, which is sponsoring the bill, and World Animal News. “One way is by doing what California does best, by being a model for the rest of the country and the world. We are in a unique situation with our buying power. We can ensure that we only support companies that are good corporate citizens by requiring they have in place a “No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation” policy which this bill requires.”

AB 572, that’s co-sponsored by Peace 4 Animals, passed the same week that the State Assembly passed bills to incentivize vegan lunch options in K-12 schools, to ban the sale of certain exotic animal skins, and to modernize testing of hazardous waste. The California State Senate also took steps to ban the captivity of animals in circuses and to end the restrictive policy of commercial closed-colony (caged) animal blood banks. All of these bills were co-sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation.

Another Bill that advanced through the State Assembly extends California’s global leadership against the cruel and unnecessary use of animal skins. (AB 1260) will ban the sale of skins from certain previously unprotected exotic animals, from hippos to iguanas.

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego), author of AB 1260, continued, “California has long been a leader in protecting animals, and it’s been illegal to sell the skins of many endangered animals here for decades. As our ecosystem continues to face threats, we need to keep this list up to date.”

Continuing a banner week that saw the California Senate pass both a ban on the cruel practice of forcing animals to perform in circuses and a bill to end the restrictive policy of commercial closed colony (caged) animal blood banks, the State Assembly passed a bill incentivizing schools to offer cruelty-free, plant-based lunch and milk options to K-12 students. AB 479 (Nazarian) will reduce the carbon footprint of our schools – vegan meals produce far fewer greenhouse gasses – and respect the growing culture of cruelty-free eating common among today’s youth.

“More and more of today’s children are choosing to live a plant-based lifestyle, because they know it’s the best way to reduce their carbon footprint – and, frankly, young people are the ones who will have to live with the consequences,” added Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys), author of AB 479. “This bill helps them have the option to live their values even at school. I want to thank my colleagues for their support.”

California has some of the strictest standards on hazardous waste in the world, but current law requires that waste be tested using a method that has long stopped being the industry standard. Currently, live fish are placed in wastewater – and if they die, the water is deemed hazardous. That bizarre practice is finally closer to changing, as the California Assembly has passed AB 733 (Quirk) to require the Department of Toxic Substance Control to implement modern methods like those used around the world.

Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), author of AB 733, continued, “The current law requires our state to engage in a practice that no ethical or modern brand in the private-sector would ever consider using. I want to thank my colleagues in the Assembly for moving this bill – and our state – forward.”

The passage of AB 733 comes the same week that the State Assembly passed bills to incentivize vegan lunch options in K-12 schools and to ban the sale of certain exotic animal skins, and that the California State Senate took steps to ban the captivity of animals in circuses.

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