Suit targets California hunting rules that allow GPS on dogs

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    Judi Lynn
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    Updated 5:44 pm CDT, Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Photo: Saul Young, AP
    FILE – In this Dec. 8, 2011 file photo, Harriman, Tenn., resident Shannon Robinson shows the map displayed on his GPS device that tracks the location of his hunting dogs. Animal rights groups are suing California over rules that allow animals to be hunted with the aid of hunting dogs wearing GPS tracking devices on their collars. The Animal Legal Defense Fund says the hunting method is “cruel and unfair.” The group says tracking devices allow dogs to chase prey to the point of exhaustion. Then hunters follow the GPS to find an animal that is easily shot. The lawsuit targets the Fish and Game Commission, which didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. (Saul Young/News Sentinel via AP)

     

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Animal rights groups are suing California over rules that allow animals to be hunted with the aid of hunting dogs wearing GPS tracking devices on their collars.

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund, which filed the lawsuit last week in Sacramento Superior Court, called the hunting method “unusually cruel and unfair.” Tracking devices allow dogs to chase prey to the point of exhaustion, and then hunters follow the GPS signal to find an animal that can no longer flee and is easily shot, the group said.

    The lawsuit was joined by the Public Interest Coalition and Friends of Animals. It targets the California Fish and Game Commission, which didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

    The lawsuit says the commission violated state environmental law by failing to conduct an assessment of how the use would affect wildlife, Animal Legal Defense Fund attorney Alexandra Monson said Tuesday.

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    beeninthewoods
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    This is horrible legislation. Horrible. This GPS systems allow dog owners, both hunters and non hunters to give their dog a SAFE opportunity to run loose. Should they get out of hearing distance you can tell where they have gone. If they head towards a road you can get to them before they get run over. I use these on a very regular basis and they have saved my dogs lives numerous times.

    Anyone that supports this legislation is incredibly short sighted and does not care one bit about the well being of dogs.

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    roody
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    My dog runs loose in his yard all he wants.  Out of the yard, he is on leash for his own safety.

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