New state laws
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November 2005:
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on October 7, 2005
signed into law a bill by state senator Jackie Speer (D-Hillsborough)
that allows local governments to enact breed-specific dog
sterilization ordinances. Cities and counties including San
Francisco are reportedly rushing to have mandatory sterilization of
pit bull terriers and other breeds commonly used in fighting in place
when the state law takes effect on January 1, 2006.
North Carolina Govern-or Mike Easley in late September 2005
endorsed into law a felony penalty for anyone who is convicted in any
way of participating in a cockfight, including spectating.
Cockfighting is now illegal in 48 states and a felony in 32 of them.
New York Governor George Pataki and Michigan Governor
Jennifer Granholm in September 2005 signed into law bans on hunting
via web sites.