Unfortunately, California Fish and Game Commissioner Jim Kellogg was reconfirmed for another six-year term by the Senate Rules Committee on January 9, 2013 by a vote of 4:1. (Voting AYE were Senators Darrell Steinberg, chair (D-Sacramento), Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Ricardo Lara (D-South Gate), and Bill Emmerson (R-Riverside). Only Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) voted NO.
According to Eric Mills of Action for Animals, "This unfortunate re-appointment was likely a "done deal" from the get-go. It seemed apparent that none of the senators had read any of the many letters of opposition from more than 20 environmental/animal organizations."
Our hope now is that Governor Brown appoints a more qualified commissioner to replace the exiting lion hunter, Dan Richards, whose term expires this month.
California deserves better from the select few who are chosen to serve on the state's Fish and Game Commission.