Animal Rights Advocates Rip CA Gubernatorial Candidate John Cox For “Horrific” Live Bear Stunt

Animal Rights Advocates Rip CA Gubernatorial Candidate John Cox For “Horrific” Live Bear Stunt

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5/5/2021 4:44:00 AM

Animal Rights Advocates Rip CA Gubernatorial Candidate John Cox For “Horrific” Live Bear Stunt

Republican gubernatorial candidate, businessman John Cox , debuted his campaign Tuesday in Sacramento, but his live political stunt involving a bear drew heavy criticism. Cox spoke to reporters in C…

Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, expressed outrage at the stunt. “I was disappointed and appalled to see gubernatorial hopeful John Cox parade a live bear to his press conference in Sacramento today,” said Hueso.“Two years ago I introduced SB 313, which was signed into law and bans the use of wild animals in circuses. While the letter of the law pertained to circuses, the spirit of the law protected animals, such as Kodiak bears, from being used in events as props, such as Mr. Cox’s publicity stunt,” the senator continued.

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May 5, 2021 Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, expressed outrage at the stunt. “I was disappointed and appalled to see gubernatorial hopeful John Cox parade a live bear to his press conference in Sacramento today,” said Hueso. “Two years ago I introduced SB 313, which was signed into law and bans the use of wild animals in circuses. While the letter of the law pertained to circuses, the spirit of the law protected animals, such as Kodiak bears, from being used in events as props, such as Mr. Cox’s publicity stunt,” the senator continued. Senate Bill 313 was signed into law in 2019 by Newsom and protects wild or exotic animals by prohibiting any person from sponsoring, conducting, operating or participating in a circus that uses any animal other than a domestic dog, domestic cat or domesticated horse. Judie Mancuso, the founder and CEO of the political advocacy group Social Compassion in Legislation, also had choice words for Cox. “It was horrific to see the blatant disrespect for wildlife coming from political candidate, John Cox, today,” she said. “Californians love their wildlife, and the last thing we want to see is a 1,000-pound bear dragged around the state to somehow make up for a politician’s brawn that he aspires to own.” Cox claimed the bear is tame, well taken care of and would die in the wild. “We made sure that everything about this bear is taken care of in the utmost,” he said. Cox plans to continue a six-city ursine bus tour this week. Newsom is facing a possible recall election this fall — following a 30-day period allowing people to remove their signatures from recall petitions — after a concerted effort to gather signatures found at least 1.6 million. Newsom bested Cox in the 2018 gubernatorial race by nearly three million votes. The field of Republican challengers includes Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and former Rep. Doug Ose. Subscribe to and keep your inbox happy. Read More About: