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Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Two Important Bills Into Law!

Thanks to the help of the many of you who called, e-mailed and faxed, Governor Schwarzenegger signed State Bill 1520 into law. This bill will ban the cruel force-feeding of ducks and geese to produce foie gras (fatty liver) as well as the sale of this so-called delicacy in the state of California.
This is truly historic legislation for animal protection, as it is one of a few times that a state has entirely banned a cruel factory farming practice. Some 20,000 ducks are force-fed and slaughtered every year by Sonoma Foie Gras, the sole California producer of foie gras.

IDA and Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL) are targeting restaurants nationwide to urge them to remove cruelly derived foie gras from their menus. Please contact us at  banfoiegras@idausa.org if you are interested in becoming involved or if you know of a restaurant that serves foie gras that we should contact.

Governor Schwarzenegger also signed into law Assembly Bill 1857, which prohibits the declawing of native, wild and exotic cats! The law will go into effect on January 1, 2005.

1. Please also contact Governor Schwarzenegger one last time to thank him for his compassionate decisions on SB1520 and AB 1857.

The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of California
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel.: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-445-4633 (fax)
E-mail:  governor@governor.ca.gov

2. Contact the Legislators who courageously sponsored these bills

Senator John Burton (SB 1520 to ban foie gras)
State Capitol Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel.: (916) 445-1412
E-mail via online form:  http://democrats.sen.ca.gov/senator/burton/

Assemblyman Paul Koretz (AB 1857 to ban declawing of exotic cats)
Tel.: (916) 319-2042
Fax: (916) 319-2142
E-mail via online form:  http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a42/Contact.htm

3. If your local newspaper reports on the passage of either bill, send a letter to the editor to make your support known. Click here to read the article in the San Francisco Chronicle:  link to www.sfgate.com.

You sure this guy is a republican? 30.Sep.2004 10:42

teddy ruxpin (the lousy typist)

Huh. Maybe he won't suck as bad as I thought he would. I have heard he signed some anti-emissions stuff too. . .
Still got a huge future debt problem, but I will at least say "way to go" on this.

save some trees terminator.... 30.Sep.2004 10:50

forest critter

okay he needs to sign so any tree older than california the state will not be able to be logged.

hummmm 30.Sep.2004 11:42


He's still the poster boy for environmentally destructive Hummers.

What about Necrophilia? 30.Sep.2004 11:56


All Hail the Governator!

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Having sex with corpses is now officially illegal in California after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill barring necrophilia, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

The new legislation marks the culmination of a two-year drive to outlaw necrophilia in the state and will help prosecutors who have been stymied by the lack of an official ban on the practice, according to experts.

"Nobody knows the full extent of the problem. ... But a handful of instances over the past decade is frequent enough to have a bill concerning it," said Tyler Ochoa, a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law who has studied California cases involving allegations of necrophilia.

"Prosecutors didn't have anything to charge these people with other than breaking and entering. But if they worked in a mortuary in the first place, prosecutors couldn't even charge them with that," Ochoa said.

Yes But... 30.Sep.2004 12:34

Not For A Long Time

I remember reading that the ban against force-feeding geese doesnt take place for 7.5 years. Not much of a victory for the geese.

Arnold 30.Sep.2004 13:18


"He's still the poster boy for environmentally destructive Hummers."

I've been looking for an image of Arnold with a pig nose sticking his head out of a Hummer window. Any photoshop experts here?
Arnold should be commended for signing two good auto bills last week. The one to lower emmissions of cars and light trucks (pickups and SUVs minivans) by 20% and also a law that permits solo driver hybrids to use the HOV car pool lane.
I think the Hummer will still be exempt from the new emmissions law though as it is too heavy to qualify as a light truck and he still owns several Hummers.

Curiosly Confused Governor 30.Sep.2004 13:46


Arnold is a confused bit of political equipment. At the very least he seems to stumble into favorable ground occasionally. Evidently he owns 5 Hummers but has given one back to the manufacturer to use for research on alternative fuel and fuel efficiency technologies. Wouldn't buying pretty much any other vehicle be a cheaper route to fuel efficiency.

He really pissed off Ford by allowing the Toyota hybrid in the carpool lanes as a single occupant vehicle but not Ford's SUV Hybrid. Obviously he saw the hypocrisy of a fuel efficient SUV in that instance, why waste energy on the Hummer?

Weird times we're trying to survive in.

Ford 30.Sep.2004 17:56

Teddy ruxpin (the lousy typist)

Ok, a bit off topic, but I could not resist.

Henry Ford was a Nazi sympathizer, and used to give Hitler a large chunk of cash (I think it was 50,000 marks) every year as a birthday gift until he died.

Arnold's father was a Nazi police chief.

Now the son of a Nazi won't let the cretion of a Nazi's company drive the carpool lane of California roads. I am sure there is irony there, it is just too deep for me to dig to ;)

Obi--do not use Arnold with a 01.Oct.2004 12:15

more info

pig nose...one way we denigrate animals is to compare them to bad humans. Animals are treated so horrendously because we see them as lesser, negative beings. There are plenty of negative human images and words to resort to to describe humans, without using animals.

Do a search on this fois gras bill. Apparently several animal rights groups were against it, because of some provisions in it (re. whistleblowers and criminal prosecution and performing vivisection to make "more humane" fois gras or something like that). I'll try to search later.