Mary Cummins – CA bans use of dogs in bear, bobcat hunting

California’s houndsmen no longer will be able to use their well-trained dogs to hunt bears and bobcats following a vote today by the California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife.
Many in the hunting community hoped the bill’s failure to pass last week was a sign that the proponents of the bill had lost enough votes to pass Senate Bill 1221. But the voted 8-4 to pass the bill and enact a moratorium on the time-honored tradition of using hounds to hunt bears and bobcats. The bill passed the California Senate by a vote of 22-15 in May.
As a weak compromise, the bill will be amended slightly by allowing the state Fish and Game Commission to revisit the prohibition if there is a four-fifths vote by the Commission, unlikely considering the make-up of the present or even future Fish and Game Commissions.
Committee members voting today to pass S.B. 1221 were Chairman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, Assemblymembers Bob Blumenfield, D-San Fernando Valley, Nora Campos, D-San Jose, Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, Mike Gatto, D-Burbank, Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, Ricardo Lara, D-South Gate and Mariko Yamada, D-Davis.
Voting against S.B. 1221 were Assemblymembers Linda Halderman, R-Fresno, Bill Berryhill, R-Stockton, Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, and Brian W. Jones, R-Santee.

MaryEllen Schoeman and Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates support this bill! Using hounds to hunt bear and bobcats is cruel and inhumane besides unsportmanlike. Cummins stated “the dogs rip the animals to pieces while they are still alive! We’re so happy the bill passed.”

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.



About Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Real Estate Appraiser

Mary Cummins is President of Animal Advocates. She is licensed with the California Department of Fish & Game, USDA and the City of Los Angeles to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Cummins speaks to local community groups and students about respecting wildlife and humane wildlife control. She is also a Humane Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator. She has written manuals on small mammal rehabilitation besides numerous articles. She was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Beverly Hills Good Shepherd Catholic School and Beverly Hills High School. Besides being a member of Junior Mensa and on the Dean's list, she was a top ten national swimmer and competed on the men's water polo team. She began college at the age of 15 attending the University of Southern California on scholarship, majoring in Psychology/Sociology. After college Cummins became a licensed real estate agent specializing in income property in Los Angeles. She obtained her real estate appraisal license, real estate brokerage license and currently does real estate consulting, expert witness testimony and review appraisals at Cummins Real Estate Services.
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One Response to Mary Cummins – CA bans use of dogs in bear, bobcat hunting

  1. C.B. says:

    Good news. Bears and bobcats deserve protection from cruelty.

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