June 21, 2018

Bloom’s Assembly Bill Calls for Action on Bobcats


Dear Editor,

Thanks to the Topanga Messenger for highlighting the important action the California State Assembly has taken to protect animals from cruel trapping (“Bill to Protect Bobcats Passes Assembly,” Topanga Messenger, Vol 37, No 12, June 13, 2013). The Assembly wisely passed AB 1213, the Bobcat Protection Act (Bloom) on May 30.

This legislation is crucial because animals caught in barbaric leg-hold traps and snares suffer immensely from their injuries, long periods of distress and, ultimately, a sad death. Archaic killing methods such as suffocation, drowning and chest crushing are widely used today — methods that, in fact, would be considered a felony offense in some states if inflicted intentionally upon domestic cats or dogs. Traps do not discriminate and so many non-targeted animals die as “collateral damage,” including endangered species and family pets. Human injuries also may occur.

All compassionate Californians should make their voices heard and urge their Senators to pass the bill without delay. Inaction would be unbearably cruel for the magnificent wildlife—and our precious pets—in the state. n


—Kate Dylewsky

Born Free USA