The California state legislature is preparing to vote on the Bobcat Protection Act

The number of bobcats being trapped and killed has doubled since 2010. Photo by Annica Kreuter

10.15.113 UPDATE: Success! I'm extremely happy to share the news from Project Bobcat that Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1213 (pdf), The Bobcat Protection Act, into law on October 11, 2013.

We thank everyone who has supported this cause and made this happen! 

--TC

9.10.13 UPDATE: Great news, the Bobcat Protection Act passed the Senate yesterday! Thank you to all IFAW supporters that took action and contacted their Senators. The bill will soon go to the Governor’s desk for final approval.  Keep an eye out for one last update! 

6.3.13 UPDATE: I’m pleased to report that the bill passed the State Assembly the eve of May 30 with flying colors! Thank you to IFAW members for taking action—the alert was superbly timed. The bill now moves to the California Senate before final approval. Stay tuned… 

ORIGINAL POST: The California state legislature is preparing to vote on A.B. 1213, the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013, introduced by Assembly Member Richard Bloom of Santa Monica.

Should this bill pass, it will update currently antiquated laws that allow uninhibited numbers of bobcats in California to be trapped and sold for their fur every year by regulating the number of animals that may be legally trapped in the areas surrounding Joshua Tree National Park.

The passing of this measure cannot come soon enough for the American bobcats of California.

Although current numbers of bobcats being trapped and killed remain below California’s presently established quota, according to Project Bobcat these numbers have doubled since 2010 due to increasing demand for their pelts from countries, such as China and Russia, and the trend shows no signs of slowing.

Limiting the number of cats that may be killed only to be sold to other countries for their fur will not only protect the animals themselves, but will also help to defend California’s beautiful and ecologically important wild spaces.

By supporting A.B.1213 IFAW is demonstrating its continued dedication and commitment to the welfare of wildlife of all kinds. We believe strongly that this bill is a step in the right direction for both California’s natural habitat, as well as for its people.

 In the next few weeks, A.B. 1213 will go to the Assembly floor for a vote. Please ask your Assembly member to vote YES.

  --TC

Visit www.ifaw.org/bigcatadvocates for information on IFAW’s U.S. big cats in captivity campaign and how you can take action.

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