California Bans: Pets, Food, Travel And Common Sense
California’s crazy laws have landed the state dead last when it comes to quality of life, according to a recent study. Here are highlights of their best worst new laws:
Before we get started: California’s government is currently $1.3 trillion in debt. Instead of working on their economy or even the ridiculous traffic snarls, they’re prioritizing these insane laws.
California Bans Plastic Bags
You can still get a plastic bag at the store, but you’ll be paying a fee to the store for the privilege.
California Bans Selling “Non-Rescue” Animals
Calling them a “rescue” animal is silly enough as it is. Unless you grabbed Rover from a burning building, did you really rescue him? Or do we use that word to make ourselves look like heroes for getting a slightly cheaper pup from the local pound instead of waiting in line for two years to buy from the breeder?
Gov. Brown signed a law in October that prohibits pet stores from selling rabbits, cats and dogs that aren’t “rescues.” The law kicks into gear on January 1, 2019 and will require the stores to get their fuzzy friends from a “public animal control agency or shelter” or similar. If you’re found to be selling contraband pups, you’ll be slapped with upward of $500 in fines for each non-“rescue.”
California Adds Texas To State Travel Ban
…along with Alabama, South Dakota, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The Democratic Attorney General of California has been developing a list of places where state employee travel is restricted. Currently, there are eight states on the list which was last updated in June of 2017. The aim is to prevent state funds from being used for”non-essential travel.”
It started in 2016 based on a list of states that were considered to be discriminatory against LGBT people in the wake of the transgender bathroom nonsense.
According to the AG Xavier Becerra, Californian state money “will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate.”
Some trips are exempted, such as ones that are necessary to fulfill contracts that were signed before 2017 and if the trips are necessary to enforce California law. As such, conferences, training sessions and the like will no longer be attended by California state employees. At the time of the most recent update, the AG was unable to provide any numbers on how many trips will likely be cancelled, and how much money if any the state will save or spend.
Of interest is whether public universities will be able to travel to play against states on the list. The AG’s office didn’t have an answer for inquiries from Fresno State about their football team.
Texas in particular was added because of a Texan law that allows child welfare groups to deny service and adoptions because of “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Kentucky was nailed because of a recent law that “could” allow LGBT discrimination in schools. That’s only according to the Becerra, though.
Speaking with media, a spokesperson for the Texan Governor Greg Abbott said:
“California may be able to stop their state employees [from traveling here on business] but they can’t stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation and relocating to Texas.”
California Bans Foie Gras
Ironically the only place I’ve had foie gras was at a wedding in California. The product is made from the fatty liver of a force-fed goose or duck and has been bounced around in courts for a while as it appeared that the state did not have the authority to ban a poultry product. The ban was reinstated in September of 2017.
California Might Ban Animal Testing For Cosmetics
All of my lipsticks are tested on cute little bunnies, because it’s lipstick, not poison. I’m convinced that the chemists know whether the product will harm the bunny because they tart them up for a night on the town.
Bans I’d Like To See:
- Ban pet stores from selling those stupid teacup sized yap yap dogs
- Add San Francisco to the California travel ban list
- Ban testing HIV and AIDS drugs on cute little animals, because we wouldn’t even have to deal with AIDS if it wasn’t for places like California
Sources: Fox News