Advocate for Animals: Legislation
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How to contact your local legislators and more. Make your voice heard: tell your legislators to introduce or support animal welfare legislation that you feel strongly about. Once a piece of legislation is officially introduced and OHS has a position or information about it, we will add it to our website here.
Oregon Wildlife Trafficking Prevention: Ballot Measure 100
The Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act, also known as Measure 100, is on the November 8, 2016 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute. OHS urges a YES vote.
Measure 100 would ban the sale of products and parts of 12 types of endangered animals in Oregon: elephant, rhinoceros, whale, tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, pangolin, sea turtle, ray, and shark, except the spiny dogfish. Full text, background and more here » *
Save Endangered Animals Oregon supports a Yes on 100 initiative. Here are some recent endorsements:
“Poaching endangered animals is big business, and a dirty one — among illegally trafficked goods, only drugs, weapons and humans generate larger dollar volumes, and those who deal in one of these forms of contraband often deal in the others as well, corrupting governments and funding criminal enterprises. The poaching will continue as long as there is demand for animal parts.”
“And, yes it’s true that in most cases there are already federal bans on many of these items. But it’s also true that in Oregon it’s much more likely for law enforcement to encounter endangered animal parts on sale within state lines, instead of on the docks. Under current law, once those products are through the port of entry, the state has no ability to ban their sale.”
* Please note: where “Humane Society” is referenced, this refers specifically to the Humane Society of the United States. The Oregon Humane Society is a specific and separate entity.
Recent Oregon Legislation
The 2015 Regular Session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly adjourned July 6. See which bills passed, OHS “Top Dog” legislator picks and more.
Animal-Related Legislation in 2015
The 2015 session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly adjourned in early July. During this legislative session in Salem, OHS worked hard in support of new measures to fight animal cruelty and bring offenders to justice. Highlights of the most recent session include:
Dogs Trapped in Hot Cars, SB 614: This new law, which garnered overwhelming support, addresses the issue of dogs locked in cars during hot weather. Temperatures inside cars on hot days can easily reach dangerous levels for dogs, and the new measure gives law enforcement officers the authority to break into a motor vehicle to rescue an endangered animal.
Nuisance Statute for Animal Crimes, HB 2888: This bill, also signed into law, gives citizens a new tool to fight animal cruelty by allowing the use of a nuisance statute to shut down an establishment where animal cruelty is occurring. It allows observers or neighbors to take action against properties that host puppy mills, dog fights and other forms of animal crimes. With many jurisdictions reducing resources dedicated to investigating animal crimes, the new law gives local residents a new way to take action themselves.
Rescue Agencies with 10 or More Animals, SB 4: This law provides a technical fix to Senate Bill 6 from 2013. It states that regulations pertaining to adoption groups that maintain control of 10 or more animals also applies to those groups that house 10 or more pets in multiple locations.
See more 2015 details and highlights here »
Previous Legislative Successes
The Omnibus Animal Welfare bill enacted in 2013 included a sweeping set of measures that increased the penalties for animal crimes and gave authorities new investigation tools. Among the provisions: the law granted judges strong new powers to sentence animal offenders to prison; elevated the penalties for animal crimes committed in the presence of a minor; barred offenders convicted of animal neglect from possessing horses and other livestock; and greatly increased the penalties for crimes involving more than ten pets–a powerful tool in cases that involve hoarders and neglectful breeders.
Legislators also approved a new measure that restricted the practice of tethering dogs to a stationary line for more than ten hours a day, a practice that frequently leads to neglect and isolation.
Animal advocates also cheered the passage of SB 835, which banned equine tripping in rodeos. The practice involves the use of a rope to bring down a moving horse, and is already banned in many states as it constitutes a serious danger to the health of the horse.