THE BIG CAT PUBLIC SAFETY ACT
Big Cat Public Safety Act gets major backing amid growing buzz from Netflix's Tiger King.
Diane Keaton and Louise Linton are working with Congress to gather support for the crucial bill in the wake of abuse highlighted in the controversial show.
The issues in Tiger King motivated Diane Keaton, Hollywood superstar and prominent board member of the animal rights legislative advocacy group Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), to take immediate action to prevent future abuse and exploitation of big cats. Keaton is being joined in her efforts by another SCIL board member, Louise Linton.
Keaton and Linton had a strategic conference call on April 6, 2020 with Congressman Mike Quigley regarding his important bill, The Big Cat Public Safety Act, HR1380, which is discussed in the Netflix Series, and has currently made it over its first hurdle in the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill would prohibit the private ownership or commerce of big cats and makes it illegal for regulated exhibitors to allow public contact with cubs. The call laid the critical foundation for Rep. Quigley and SCIL to build impactful grassroots support for the legislation in order to effectively push Congress to take action on the bill, which will be after it is able to focus on legislation unrelated to Covid-19 matters.
The grassroots support is gaining momentum due to the recent Tiger King exposure and SCIL urges people to visit their website and sign up to support the bill.
Louise began working with the White Coat Waste Project in 2019 and joined their board in 2020. Her aim is to help the organization reduce the amount of tax payer dollars spent on wasteful government animal experiments. The vast majority of wasteful and cruel animal experimentation is paid for with taxpayers’ money — and without taxpayers’ approval. Tackling the problem where it originates is the best way of stopping animal experiments before they even begin. Wasteful spending on federal grants, contracts, and experiments inside the government’s own animal laboratories all contribute to the problem.
Lobbied for the passage of the federal AFTER Act, a bipartisan bill to allow animals in government labs to be adopted out to loving homes or retired to sanctuaries when experiments end.
Exposed that agencies are killing healthy lab animals instead of adopting them out to taxpayers. The AFTER Act would require all federal agencies to have policies allowing lab animal retirement.
Urged the FDA to eliminate cruel and outdated dog testing requirements for drug makers and allow companies to use modern and human testing methods.
Worked to help expose and end cruel and outdated experiments on dogs and cats at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
In November, 2019 Louise joined the Board of Social Compassion in Legislation. Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL) has been a vanguard voice sponsoring landmark legislation since our founding in 2007. Whether local, state, or federal our mission is saving and protecting animals. Social Compassion In Legislation's achievements have transcended into many other states also passing SCIL's sponsored humane laws.
Thanks to Social Compassion In Legislation, the animals have a strong voice in the halls of the Capitol. SCIL's vision is to instill greater compassion into society for the welfare of all animals. Now based in Washington DC, Louise is helping to lead SCIL’s efforts in the nation’s Capital. One of her main areas of focus will be on enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, as it pertains to puppy mills and large or exotic animals in roadside zoos.
• AB 273 (Gonzalez) Wildlife Protection Act, bans all fur trapping for recreational or commercial purposes, now law as of Jan 1, 2020.
• SB 313 (Hueso) Circus Cruelty Prevention Act, bans wild animals in circuses, now law as of Jan 1, 2020.
• AB 1260 (Maienschein) Ban on Exotic Skins, adds several species of animals to existing law that prohibits selling their skins or body parts (going into law Jan. 1, 2022).
• Also our landmark, the groundbreaking bill we sponsored that was signed into law in 2018 is now going into effect (had a delayed implementation) as of January 1, 2020 – SB 1249 (Galgiani) Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, which mandates all new cosmetics and personal hygiene products sold in California are not tested on animals, aka cruelty-free.
LEGISLATION SCIL IS SPONSORING (CALIFORNIA)
01 Pet Microchipping
(Chang) Mandates all pets leaving a shelter – whether adopted or reclaimed by owner be microchipped. We got this done in 2019, SB 64, but the governor vetoed it, so we are redoing with his changes so he will sign in 2020.
02 Animal Blood Banks
(Wilk) Another one we got done this year, but the governor vetoed, so we are redoing with his wishes. We currently have two animal blood banks in the state, where greyhounds are caged and bled every 14 days…very cruel and to boot not working, we have a blood shortage in the state. So, our bill will open the market, so veterinarians can run blood banks and it will be more like the human model where animals can donate blood that live in homes.
03 Horse-racing Reform
(Kalra) New bill to address all the horse deaths at Santa Anita Park and beyond.
04 Mountain Lion Depredation Permits
(Maienschein) Makes it harder for a rancher to get a permit to simply kill a mountain lion for attacking one of its farm animals. Will mandate non-lethal methods be used. We are running out of mountain lions for them to kill.
05 Farm Transition Bill
(Kalra) Many farmers are stuck in the old way they have been doing business that is no longer making them money. They are depressed, have huge debts, suicides on the rise, been in the press almost weekly. This bill will help them out of the dying animal agriculture they are in and move them to emerging plant-based farming that is greatly needed for emerging market.
06 AB 485 Pet Rescue & Adoption Act
(O’Donnell) Working on amendment to our original bill signed in 2017 for enforcement purposes – this is the one you read about in OC Register. Change to the bill will make it impossible for out of state puppy mills to skirt the law.
07 AB 479 Plant Based Meals and Milk Options K-12
(Nazarian) This bill is a “two year bill” that we started at the beginning of this year 2019, it is stuck in appropriations committee needing funding, which we are working on with Governor and his staff.
08 Deforestation-Free Procurement Act
(Kalra) This bill will make it mandatory that the state of California only enter contracts for goods that come from sources that have a deforestation-free policy in place. So, for instance not buying paper or lumber that came from razing the Amazon rainforest.
09 Iconic African Species Protection Act
(Stern) This bill we original got done in 2018, but Gov. Brown vetoed because of the cost to Fish & Game for enforcement. We are doing it again, because Gov. Newsom is stronger on these issues. What it does is make it illegal to possess body parts of endangered species from Africa (i.e. trophy hunting – head of a lion, etc.).
Continue work on Orangutan conservation by increasing federal appropriations for the Multi-National Species Conservation Fund and by ensuring palm oil from Indonesia is not used as a transportation fuel in the United States.
Improve enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act. If followed, the federal law known as the Animal Welfare Act provides strong protections for animals. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has struggled to provide meaningful enforcement of the law and the U.S. Department of Justice has rarely prosecuted violations of the law other than dog fighting.
Ideally, the goal is to encourage the Appropriations Committee to increase funding for the Animal Welfare Act enforcement, including the creation of a set-aside for enforcement of the AWA on puppy mills.
Additionally, SCIL will work to encourage the Administrative agencies to do more with the resources they have by broadening the scope of violations that they bring to trial.
Protect unaccompanied animals traveling into the United States.
In 2008, Congress enacted Section 2148 of the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the importation of dogs into the United States for resale unless it is 1) older than six months, 2) vaccinated, and 3) in good health.
It is unknown at this time whether the USDA has been effective at implementing this prohibition. However, given that recent media has focused more on domestic puppy mills selling into the U.S. market, or an international puppy mill selling sick animals to individuals, it suggests that the law and regulations may have been effective.
SCIL will seek to crack down on international puppy mills targeting potential dog owners.
We will work to secure legislation that prohibits the importation of puppies that are unaccompanied by an owner, are less than six months old, have not been vaccinated, and are not in good health.
SCIL OBJECTIVES 2020
VIVA GLOBAL RESCUE
Saving lives four hooves at a time
The Louise Linton Charitable Fund has donated to fund the rescue and care of neglected and abused horses at Viva Global Rescue.
Viva's two founders, Kalli Quigg and Maya Benperlas, at the tender age of only 19, have rescued over 1100+ animals together-run this rescue group with the incredible help of their amazing team of regular and part-time volunteers committed to helping the animals. VIVA also works with disaster response teams in the Southern California fires to provide a comprehensive network and system of dispatchers, volunteers, trucks and trailers to get hundreds and thousands of animals to safety. Along with our partners we have participated in a few hundred equine and small animal rescues in the Woolsey fire - Nov. of 2018, the Ridgecrest and Trona quakes and the Easy fire of 2019.
Louise joined Viva's Advisory Board in 2020.
We believe that when the buying stops,
the killing can too.
The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion dollar global industry largely driven by consumer demand in expanding economies. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on scientific studies and anti-poaching efforts, WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products and to increase local support for conservation efforts. They also work with governments and partners to protect fragile marine reserves from illegal fishing and shark finning, to enhance public and political will for anti-poaching efforts, and to reduce climate change impacts.
Envisioning a co-existent future where humans no longer exploit wild animals.
On September 17th, 2019, Louise Linton hosted a fundraiser to celebrate Born Free’s work at their 186-acre sanctuary in Texas. It’s the largest primate sanctuary in the US and home to more than 500 monkeys, many of whom were rescued from abuse or neglect. We raised approximately $80,000 over the evening. Louise joined Born Free’s expert Honorary Council in 2020.
"Primates are sentient, emotional and intelligent. They exhibit some uniquely human aspects of social cognition… the capacity to feel, perceive, and to experience love, loyalty, and pain - just as we do. Born Free works in the US and internationally to end animal cruelty and protect threatened wildlife. Born Free’s Primate Sanctuary exists to give their rescues the highest possible standard of care, allowing them to live happier, more natural lives in the company of other primates.” - Louise Linton
SPACE FOR GIANTS
A secure future for elephants and their landscapes forever
Louise joined The Giants Club in 2018. The Giants Club is an initiative of Space for Giants that gives us the real political, financial and technical muscle to get our work done. It unites sitting or former Heads of State of the four countries that hold half of Africa’s remaining elephants: Botswana, Gabon, Kenya, and Uganda. Its initial goal is to protect half of Africa’s elephants, and it is already looking beyond that to long-term threats.
THE PAWERFUL RESCUE
The PAWerful Rescue is a 501c(3) that rehabilitates and rehomes rescue dogs. On January 7th, 2020, The Louise Linton Charitable Fund issued a grant to PAWerful Rescue to pay the medical and rehabilitation bills for “Red” a Pit Bull Mix rescued from an LA Kill Shelter who had sustained horrific injuries from dog fighting. @thepawerfulrescue
PRECIOUS PALS PET RESCUE
Precious Pals Pet Rescue is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing animals from high-kill shelters throughout Southern California. Their main focus is rescuing abandoned and neglected animals with medical needs. The Louise Linton Charitable Fund wrote a grant in March 2020 to rescue and rehabilitate “Daisy”. http://preciouspalspetrescue.org/
MUTT MATCH LA
Mutt Match LA is committed to Rescue, Rehabilitation and Responsible Rehoming of abandoned, homeless, and unwanted dogs of all breeds.
Louise met Mutt match founder, Sheilah Aragon in 2008 and continues to support her life saving work in 2020. In the course of this long friendship and partnership focused on dog rescue, Louise has donated tens of thousands of dollars to cover the charities needs. In 2019 LLCF purchased a school bus for Mutt Match LA and financed the conversion of the school bus into a mobile adoption unit and treat truck. In 2019 LLLCF purchased a new transport vehicle for the animals to be shuttled from shelters to vets and adoptions. This transport vehicle replaced the one Louise fundraised for and acquired for Mutt Match back in 2012.
Louise is on the Mutt Match board, but also participates on the ground level, collecting and pulling dogs from LA kill shelters, bringing them home, paying for their medical care and treatment and finding them new homes. She rescued and fostered four dogs in the fall of 2019. A blind dog named Penelope, a three-legged dog named Snow, and geriatric dog named Old Baby and Lily.
Louise has been a passionate advocate of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals since 2005. In 2019, Louise worked for six months in partnership with Peta on the release of a Black Asiatic Bear named Dillan that was languishing at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Millmont, PA. Thanks to their tireless work, and to the USDA and APHIS, Dillan the Bear was finally confiscated and sent to live out the rest of his life at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. In 2019, Louise joined Peta's Vanguard Society.
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