Proposition Summary

TRAPPING PRACTICES. BANS USE OF SPECIFIED TRAPS AND ANIMAL POISONS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Prohibits trapping mammals classified as fur-bearing or nongame with specified traps for recreation or commerce in fur. Prohibits commerce in raw fur of such mammals trapped with specified traps in California. Prohibits use of steel-jawed leghold traps on wildlife mammals and dogs and cats except for padded steel-jawed traps used by government officials where it is the only way to protect human health and safety. Prohibits all use of sodium fluoroacetate (Compound 1080) or sodium cyanide to poison any animal. Provides misdemeanor penalties. Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: Negligible annual revenue losses to the Department of Fish and Game (DFG). Unknown enforcement costs to DFG, ranging from negligible to several hundred thousand dollars annually. Unknown state and local costs to implement alternative animal control methods of several hundred thousand dollars to in the range of a couple of million dollars annually, depending on relative cost-effectiveness of alternative methods. Negligible annual loss in personal income tax revenue in the context of total state General Fund revenues.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 4485030; A: 57.5; N: 3324133; B: 42.5

Election Type

General Election

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Initiative Statute

For Author

DORIS DAY, President, Doris Day Animal League; HONORABLE WILLIAM A. NEWSOM, Justice (Ret.), California Court of Appeal; ELDEN HUGHES, Vice President for Communications, Sierra Club, 1996-1997

Against Author

BEN NORMAN, DMV, Ph.D., Department of Veterinary Medicine University of California, Davis, Ret.; DONA MAST, Immediate Past Chair, California Farm Bureau Federation, Rural Health & Safety; STEPHANIE LARSON, President-Elect, Humane Society, Sonoma

Rebuttal Author

LINDA MACEDO, President, California Women for Agriculture; BILL EVERETT, President, Endangered Species Recovery Council; JACK PARNELL, Frmr. Director, CA Department of Fish & Game

Rebuttal Against Author

ROGER A. CARAS, President, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; JOHN GRANDY, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Wildlife Programs, The Humane Society of the United States; CATHERINE RICH, J.D., President, Los Angeles Audubon Society, 1996-1997