Several California legislators recently joined forces to create the first state based “Animal Protection Caucus.” This group is meant to bring animal rights minded policymakers together in order to push legislation from groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and PETA.

The new grouping of Golden State legislators will be co-chaired by Senators Dean Florez (D-Shafter) and Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) along with Assembly Members Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) and Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara). HSUS marked the occasion with a reception at the state capital with its president and CEO, Wayne Pacelle attending.

“It is essential that legislators understand that sportsmen expect their legislators to represent the overwhelming number of citizens who do not believe in animal rights,” said Evan Heusinkveld, USSA director of state services.

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