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User Info: Humble_Novice

Humble_Novice
4 weeks ago#1
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/14/california-john-cox-bear-investigation-recall-election

Turns out campaigning across California with a 1,000lb bear is not a foolproof political plan.

John Cox, a candidate vying to replace Gavin Newsom in the state’s gubernatorial recall vote, is under investigation for violating a San Diego city law that bans anyone, except zoos, from bringing wild animals – including lions and tigers and bears – into the area.

The San Diego Humane Society’s law enforcement division confirmed it was conducting the investigation of Cox, who has made several appearances at lecterns with his ursine companion, Tag, wandering behind him.

The stunt has drawn condemnation from animal rights groups and state lawmakers. “Gone should be the days when wild animals were treated as toys or props,” said People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, adding that “dangerous wild animals” should not be part of publicity grabs. Ben Hueso, a San Diego Democratic representative, said a 2019 law barring the use of most animals in circuses should apply, in “spirit”, to Cox’s campaign.

Cox defended the treatment of the bear. “Every care was taken to ensure Tag’s comfort and safety with the approval of several government agencies. California needs beastly change and that may ruffle some feathers of leftwing activists,” the campaign said in a statement, sticking firmly to Cox’s animal theme – he has positioned himself as the “beast” to Gavin Newsom’s “beauty” and is demanding “beastly” behavior via website, voteforthebeast.com, and his Twitter account, @beastjohncox.

Thus far, despite Tag’s involuntary endorsement, Cox’s campaign isn’t exactly a roaring success. A recent poll shows just 36% of California voters support recalling the Democratic governor, leaving the Republican Cox facing an uphill battle.

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Lord_Diablo13
4 weeks ago#2
Guess John Cox couldn't....BEAR the responsibilities.

Yeah, I'll get my coat.
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Block that Kick
4 weeks ago#3
That’s unBEARable.
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User Info: Requiem

Requiem
4 weeks ago#4
Um, i dont approve of using animals, children, etc etc...

...but would a pet bear count as a wild animal?
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McMarbles
4 weeks ago#5
Looks like he’s in for some grizzly times.
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__starsnostars
4 weeks ago#6
Requiem posted...
Um, i dont approve of using animals, children, etc etc...

...but would a pet bear count as a wild animal?

I mean... I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that in most jurisdictions, probably the world over, its illegal to own a pet bear.

Edit: After a quick google search, if this page is accurate, bears are allowed to be kept as pets in six states and in a handful of others with a permit. California is not among those states.

https://boingboing.net/2016/01/13/u-s-states-that-allow-you-to.html
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User Info: Requiem

Requiem
4 weeks ago#7
__starsnostars posted... I mean... I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that in most jurisdictions, probably the world over, its illegal to own a pet bear.

Edit: After a quick google search, if this page is accurate, bears are allowed to be kept as pets in six states and in a handful of others with a permit. California is not among those states.

https://boingboing.net/2016/01/13/u-s-states-that-allow-you-to.html

I would too, but you can own all sorts of crazy animals in different parts of US... kind of surprised you can't own a bear in California.
I thought Hollywood celebrities had all sorts of crazy pets.

https://www.animallaw.info/administrative/california-exotic-pets-%C2%A7-671-importation-transportation-and-possession-live

Really?
Skunks are classified in the same category as bears, lions, tigers, and cheetah?

Also.... if I'm reading this right... in California, I'm not allowed to own a pet elephant or rhino, but I can own a giraffe?
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Kradek
4 weeks ago#8
Requiem posted...
Also.... if I'm reading this right... in California, I'm not allowed to own a pet elephant or rhino, but I can own a giraffe?

Not only are the first 2 mentioned endangered or most likely endangered, it's probably to prevent people from getting "pets" so that they can kill them for their ivory.

In fact, given that most laws/regulations are written because someone gave them cause to, I'd almost guarantee there used to be a habit of "totally not poachers bro" buying, raising, and farming these animals to own/sell their illegal parts.
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