California SB 917 is Law – Fight AB 117 Animal Rights Bill

California SB 917 was signed by Governor Brown and will go into effect on Jan 1, 2012.

There is still time to fight AB 1117.  For more information on how you can help, please join these groups:

You can also contact us and I can put you in touch with people fighting this bill.   We at Rabbit Smarties have been helping to distribute information, however we are not California citizens and not as closely in touch with how things are going, so we are not sufficient authority to answer your questions.

Here is some of the information that others have written that we have permission to crosspost and are leaving up as a resource.  Authors’ views are their own.

At our request, the Californian Animal Voters Alliance penned this article for publication.  This is why the Californian bills AB 1117 and SB 917 pose a major threat, under the alias of kindness to animals.

California’s Vegan Revolution- Animal Owners, Breeders, and Raisers in the Crosshairs

Written by Diane Amble
California Animal Voters Alliance

California has long been a bastion for those who dare to dream, innovate, and strive to create new frontiers whether it is in science, academia, the arts, business, or politics. From these creative forces we Californians have given the nation significant advances in science and technology (the microchip), the movie industry ( Hollywood ), a gifted president (President Reagan), and last, but certainly not least, some of the finest agriculture the world has ever known. At its zenith, all of these wonderful achievements coalesced to form the “California Dream” and from this wellspring came forth the famous saying “so goes California , so goes the nation”.

But, it is becoming more clear with each passing day that something is terribly, terribly wrong in California . Gradually, California is slowly deteriorating over time like a grand old mansion with a steadily crumbling foundation.   The California Dream is dying and what seems to be rising from the ashes is a nightmare. Why? How did this happen? The answer is quite simple. Deliberate and strategic social and political engineering by motivated special interest groups. These groups seek to force their agendas upon us via carefully crafted and legislated mandates. The most powerful, dangerous, and influential of these groups are found in the realms of Environmental Activism (green groups) and Animal Rights. Homeland Security has identified in an official national security report that these groups constitute one of the most dangerous terrorist threats to America on a par with Muslim jihadists. While we have been busily pursuing our livelihoods and enjoying our families and animals, these dangerous groups have been stealthily working behind the scenes to gain more and more political power and influence over us all.

Animal Rights Groups are Terrorists


Among the more potent of these special interest groups are HSUS (Humane Society of the United States ) and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). HSUS is the richest and most politically powerful Animal Rights organization in the world. They seek to synthesize an unnatural world devoid of all animal use including the abolition of pet ownership and animal based farming. Their ultimate goal is nothing less than the extinction of all domestic species. Here is one of the more infamous quotes from the president of HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, which clearly conveys this horrific goal: “We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding …One generation and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.”— Animal People News, May 1993  PETA, funded by George Soros’ Tides Foundation, is no less radical in their beliefs as conveyed by their president Ingrid Newkirk:  “There’s no rational basis for saying that a human being has special rights. A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. They’re all animals.”— Ingrid Newkirk, Washingtonian magazine, Aug 1986 and: “Humans have grown like a cancer. We’re the biggest blight on the face of the earth.”— Ingrid Newkirk, Washingtonian magazine, Feb 1990 Shockingly, PETA kills over 95% of the animals it take into their Norfolk, Virginia “shelter” annually according to state records. One can only assume that they equate death with kindness.

Unbelievably, HSUS, and to a lesser extent PETA, have grown into well funded juggernauts with tremendous political influence at the local, state, and federal levels in the United States . HSUS pushes for a thousand plus laws on all levels per year to usher in their brave new vegan vision. Most of this lobbying activity is illegal and based upon fraudulent fund raising activity. There is an ongoing IRS investigation into this matter. Meanwhile, PETA’s focus is the media, education, and influencing public opinion to embrace the Animal Rights agenda. Horrifically, they have been incredibly successful to this end.

How These Bills Spell Doom For Animal Farmers

It has long been the goal of HSUS and PETA to “capture” California and to mandate veganism through carefully worded and placed state laws. The “capture” of California would be the crown jewel of their Animal Rights movement knowing that “so goes California , so goes the nation”. To this end, HSUS has ushered forth SB 917 and AB 1117. SB 917 will legally redefine the term “animal cruelty” with purposefully over-broad and poorly defined law to include the transportation, display, and all sales of animals on public property.  Think carefully about that.  This would mean that if you walk your dog or if your cat suns herself in your front yard you are, be the strictest interpretation of this law, “displaying” an animal and are guilty of “animal cruelty” which will be a misdemeanor replete with arrest, jail time, seizure of your animal, and punitive fines. If you transport rabbits to a show or take your dog to the vet you would, according to SB 917, be committing an act of animal cruelty. If your child gives away kittens in front of WalMart, she will instantly become a criminal in doing so. AB 1117 further expands the scope and reach of SB 917 by mandating seizure of all animals in one’s possession if a single act of “animal cruelty” has occurred (see SB 917). Heavy fines and “upkeep” fees are then levied against the owner for each animal seized.  AB 1117 allows for the killing or other disposition of seized animals before the accused can prove their innocence in court. This bill allows for the destruction of evidence and the theft of real property under the color of law. Furthermore, if the accusation is founded (remember all evidence has been destroyed or disposed of) then the accused will not be allowed to own any animal again for 5 years. All other people living with the accused are bound by the same mandate. It does not take much imagination to figure out how such bills might destroy all animal based agriculture, pet breeding, and animal ownership in California.

Act Now!  These Bills Go to the Vote In Early July!

To our horror, both of these bills have nearly passed through both the California Assembly and Senate. If you find this both shocking and terrifying, then please immediately contact your representatives at the state and federal levels. Contact the governor of California and urge him to veto both SB 917 and AB 1117. After contacting your representatives, it is equally important to inform as many people as possible to do like-wise.  Tell family members, friends, co-workers, and anyone else you can think of about these dangerous bills. Contact your local Tea Party and as many groups who have an interest in animal ownership that you can. Write to the editor of your local paper to get the word out. Knowledge is power. With knowledge and the fortitude to oppose those in power who push for these laws, we can effectively fight back against these highly influential Animal Rights special interest groups (HSUS and PETA) to save animal ownership in California .

Written by Diane Amble
California Animal Voters Alliance

My apologies to my bunny-loving readers who are tired of politics and would like to get back to the bunnies. I’ve got a nice article about sable color genetics ready to post soon! But the very roots of our hobby are being threatened with legislation, and as a lot of people are coming to RS looking for updates, I feel like I should post them. PLEASE pass this information around.


The hearing for SB 917 was yesterday and you can listen to it here:

The bill was voted on today. Sadly, it passed. However, there were more no votes than before and so we are making progress. Please continue to make protest before the bill is voted on in the final assembly.

The hearing for AB 1117 is on the 11th. PLEASE fax your opposition to Sharon Runner: she is on our side. We have time to kill this bill.

The American Thinker blog published our story! Join the discussion in the comments:

Let’s get to work and melt down those fax machines, call those radio
stations, and defeat SB 917 here and now!
Contact these Media Sources to get the word out!

You can call The Rush Limbaugh Show program line
between 12 Noon and 3PM Eastern Time at: 1-800-282-2882

You can e-mail Rush at:

You can fax Rush at: 212-445-3963

You can write Rush at:
The Rush Limbaugh Show
1270 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Mark Levin Show (Big time dog and animal lover)

How to Contact:

Phone: 1-877-381-3811
(Mon. – Fri. 6pm to 9pm)


Glenn Beck


Want to call the radio program?
Radio Callers, call toll-free nationwide from 9 AM to 1 PM ET:

Sean Hannity:

Call the Sean Hannity show 3-6 ET Mon-Fri 800-941-7326
Michael Savage

* : San Francisco, CA

* Phone Call 1-800-449-TALK
Armstrong and Ghetty (N. CA radio hosts and strong proponents of small

John and Ken show

On air: Weekdays 3-7
Call / Text: 1-818-566-4789 / 640640


Michelle Malkin can be reached by e-mail at If you have a news tip,
please put TIP in the subject line.


There are two very very bad bills in CA right now, in addition to SB917 –see post below– AB 1117 has to do with giving law enforcement officers or animal control officials the right to seize your animals.  This bill, AB 1117 is going to the final vote on July 11th, so letters of opposition need to be faxed in ASAP.

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Knock-out Punch” to end all animal farming and raising in California to
usher in his vision of a purely vegan California. He intends to do this by
redefining farming, animal raising, selling, transport and showing as
“animal cruelty” in SB 917. Then the law set in motion by AB1117 will give
animal control officers massive power to be able to seize your assets when
convicted of “animal cruelty” as defined by SB 917whether they be your pets,
service animals, herd, computers, farm, house, etc. But that is not all, AB
1117 is written in a way that if “animal cruelty” is found then you will be
prevented from owning and raising animals for 5 years. AB 1117 is to be
heard in the SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY Committee on 6/28/2011. Time is
critically running out to oppose this dreadful bill. Specific instructs to
oppose can be found under bill description below.


These horrid bills have both quietly snuck through the Assembly and Senate
and they are now at the final committee hearings where they will be killed
outright or will go quickly for a floor vote and then onto extremely liberal
Governor Brown for his signature.

If we love animals and our proud American farming tradition, our pets,
purebred dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses, cattle, goats, sheep, guinea
pigs and actually any animal bred and raised in Calfornia, then all of us
must stand up and oppose these bills. The Animal Rights extremists intend
to end our way of life for us and for all future generations of Americans.
They think they know what is best for us and our children. If they can’t
convince us to be pet-less vegans then they will force it upon us under the
color of law. This must end. This is our Normandy.

Please send in your opposition letters as soon as possible and then, just as
critically important, please get this to your friends so they may do so as

Here is a brief description of AB 1117: (Thank you Peggy Ricter)

Regarding AB1117: this bill has passed the assembly and is currently in the
Senate Public Safety Committee.


it amends an existing law. Primarily, I commented on the two major things
this bill does that would affect anyone with any animal:

Existing law requires a convicted person to pay for the seizure and care of
seized dogs. This proposed bill expands the law to require a lien on the
animal upon a correctly issued warrant – regardless of innocence or guilt.

The bill specifies ” (j) No animal properly seized under this section or
pursuant to a search warrant shall be returned to its owner until, in the
determination of the seizing agency or hearing officer, the animal is
physically fit or the owner can demonstrate to the seizing agency’s or
hearing officer’s satisfaction that the owner can and will provide the
necessary care.” This doesn’t provide for any IMPARTIAL determination by a
judge or jury. – the same entity that seizes the animals are those who are
unilaterally the ones that determine if the owner “can and will provide
necessary care”. As has been seen in revelations regarding cities like
Bell, it is quite possible for officials and agencies to abuse their
authority for personal gain. The safeguard against this has, and should
remain the right of a citizen for proper due process and trial in an
impartial setting. Even in the case of a ticket for reckless driving, a
citizen has a right to challenge in a court of law and their property is not
seized for failure to pay the fine – how much MORE so should the State be
reluctant to impose such a penalty when such seizure involves what may be a
well-loved pet.

Finally, the bill specifies: “597.9. (a) Except as provided in subdivision
(c) or (d), any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor violation ..
and who, within five years after the conviction, owns, possesses, maintains,
has custody of, resides with,

or cares for any animal is guilty of a public offense, punishable by a fine
of one thousand dollars ($1,000).” — this does not address INNOCENT
parties (husband, wife, minor child or other dependent) who “RESIDE WITH”
this individual who would then be forced to eliminate ANY animal (up to and
including guppies or service dogs) in order to comply with the law. Not
only is this an excessive penalty for a misdemeanor, who is going to pay for
its enforcement? How many more parole officers will be needed to ensure

So if a 5 year old has a pet rabbit and the cops arrest her uncle (who is
visiting, doesn’t live there) for animal abuse, you have to prove to the
people that took the animal that it is healthy and can be returned. Doesn’t
matter, by the way, if the uncle was found not guilty. If you have an anti
tether law forbidding any animal to be “tied out” and someone ties their
horse to a hitching rail they could be convicted. And again, if you have a
pet rabbit, the rabbit would have to go — they would be banned from
“RESIDING with” an animal.

And so forth.

Current law already allows for requiring people CONVICTED of a crime to pay
for the care / rescue of the animals. This bill MANDATES it and doesn’t
address innocent parties. Current law already ALLOWS a judge to decide that
a person should not be permitted to have any animals. This bill mandates
it, again without concern for anyone else who may be affected. The 5 year
period is excessive for a MISDEMEANOR when felony convictions often don’t
get 5 year sentences.

You may freely use any of the comments above.

Peggy Richter.

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety” – Benjamin Franklin


AB 1117 is now in the Senate Public Safety Committee. We need to FAX our
opposition letters to AB 1117 to the following. (You do not have time to
send them before this hearing.) All letter must have the following phrase
at the top of the letter or your opposition will not be included: I (name
of organization or individual) strongly oppose SB 917 as amended and
in any and all forms.

A sample letter is attached to this alert. Please feel free to use it,
insert your information, and change or modify it to best convey your
personal opposition.

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) <tel:%28916%29%20445-2841> 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160 <tel:%28916%29%20558-3160>


Author of AB 1117:

ASM Cameron Smyth

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 4098
Sacramento, CA 95814
(P) 916-319-2038
(F) 916-319-2138


Senator Ted Lieu

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 4090
Sacramento, CA

Phone: (916) <tel:%28916%29%20651-4028> 651-4028
Fax: (916) <tel:%28916%29%20323-6056> 323-6056

Senator Loni Hancock

Capitol Office
Phone: (916) <tel:%28916%29%20651-4009> 651-4009
Fax: (916) <tel:%28916%29%20327-1997> 327-1997
State Capitol, Room 2082
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senator Tony Strickland

State Capitol, Room 4062
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4019 <tel:%28916%29%20651-4019>
Fax: (916) 324-7544

Senate Public Safety Committee


Senator <> Loni Hancock (Chair) (see above)

Senator Joel Anderson (Vice <> Chair)
Phone: (916) 651-4036 <tel:%28916%29%20651-4036>
Fax: (916) 447-9008

<> Senator Ron Calderon

Phone: (916) 651-4030 <tel:%28916%29%20651-4030>
Fax: (916) 327-8755 <tel:%28916%29%20327-8755>

Senator Tom Harman <>

Phone: (916) <tel:%28916%29%20651-4035> 651-4035
Fax: (916) 445-9263

Senator Carol Liu <>

Phone: (916) 651-4021 <tel:%28916%29%20651-4021>
Fax: (916) <tel:%28916%29%20324-7543> 324-7543

Senator Curren Price <>

Phone: (916) 651-4026 <tel:%28916%29%20651-4026>
Fax: (916) <tel:%28916%29%20445-8899> 445-8899

Senator Darrell Steinberg <>

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814

Addresses & Staff

Chief Counsel: Alison Anderson
Counsels: Mary Kennedy, Jerome McGuire and Steven Meinrath
Assistants: Mona Cano and Dina Lucero
Phone: (916) 651-4118
Room: 2031