According to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times, at the urging of the Humane Society of the United States, two Democrats and two Republicans have agreed to co-chair a new Animal Protection Caucus to shine a light on animal issues.

The four initial members are senators Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks) and Dean Florez (D-Shafter), and Assembly members Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) and Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita).

“In 2009, California legislators passed landmark bipartisan legislation to upgrade penalties for dog fighting, protect La Jolla’s harbor-seal habitat, prohibit the cruel and unnecessary docking of cow’s tails, and increase fines for poaching of our state’s wildlife,” said Jennifer Fearing, state director for the Humane Society. “With the formation of this new caucus, we hope to build on these successes and see even more accomplishments for animals brokered in the least contentious ways possible.”

Source: Los Angeles Times