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Bill to Ban Using Dogs to Hunt Bears Stalls

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
But the bill's author state Senator Ted Lieu says he will continue to fight for the bill. He says the sport is inhumane to the dogs.

LIEU: "Sometimes they get killed or injured in the hunt, sometimes they get lost. And it's also inhumane to collateral wildlife. If you have packs of dogs, they will go and attack anything in their path."

Josh Brones  with California Houndsmen for Conservation says that's simply not true. 

BRONES:  "I mean we place a great amount of emphasis on the training of our dogs, we use our older dogs to teach the younger dogs what they're supposed to pursue and what they're not supposed to pursue."

Hundreds of people on both sides, including children sporting signs and pins, came to the capitol to voice their arguments.  They crammed in the hallway outside the hearing room and watched the debate on television screens for over an hour. 

Hunters and their families came from all over northern California to stand up for what they describe as a longstanding California tradition.  Supporters of the ban also flocked to the capitol.  Hope Bohanec is with In Defense of Animals, and says using packs of dogs to tree bears is inhumane.
BOHANEC: "They chase these bears up tree, or bobcats, they'll tree the animal, and come just shoot them, like shooting an animal in zoo."

The bill has already passed the state Senate. Its author senator Ted Lieu says since it failed in Assembly committee by only one vote, he intends to bring it up again.
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