Wilk, Stern get ‘A’ rat­ing from an­i­mal rights com­mit­tee

The Signal - - Faith - By Caleb Lunetta Sig­nal Staff Writer

State sen­a­tors Scott Wilk, RSanta Clarita, and Henry Stern, D-Canoga Park, were an­nounced as “A-rated” Sacra­mento leg­is­la­tors by the PawPac, a po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee that works to en­dorse politi­cians who sup­port pro­tec­tions for an­i­mals.

The grades were dis­trib­uted based on the sen­a­tors’ in­di­vid­ual sup­port or au­thor­ship of at least eight bills — all of which in­volved par­tic­u­lar pro­tec­tions for an­i­mals and/or pets — that made the Sen­ate floor in the 2018 leg­isla­tive sea­son.

“The idea that some­one could hurt an an­i­mal — or that some­thing we al­low could en­dan­ger one — is chill­ing, which is why I in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion last year to crack down on an­i­mal abusers. PawPAC does good work for the an­i­mals of Cal­i­for­nia,” Wilk said in a state­ment re­leased Fri­day. “I am one hu­man that is hon­ored to have my ef­forts rec­og­nized and will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for poli­cies that sup­port the hu­mane treat­ment of an­i­mals.”

Stern was com­mended by the or­ga­ni­za­tion for not only vot­ing in fa­vor of a num­ber of the bills the or­ga­ni­za­tion used as a me­ter for their sup­port, but also Stern’s SB 1487 “Iconic African Species Act” was la­beled as an “im­por­tant bill that had not made it through the leg­isla­tive process.”

If the gov­er­nor had not ve­toed Stern’s leg­is­la­tion, SB 1487 would have changed Cal­i­for­nia law to pro­hibit the pos­ses­sion or sale of 11 African species, in­clud­ing their body parts or prod­ucts. The leg­is­la­tion tar­geted “tro­phy hunt­ing.”

Ac­cord­ing to PawPac’s web­site, the com­mit­tee was formed in 1980, be­com­ing Cal­i­for­nia’s first or­ga­ni­za­tion whose mission is to in­flu­ence can­di­dates who are run­ning for state of­fice to work to­ward cre­at­ing laws that pro­tect an­i­mals.

“PawPac is unique by help­ing to make sure that the laws pro­tect all an­i­mals, whether on farms, in the wild or in our homes,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s web­site reads.

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