Advocate for Animals: Legislation
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Recent Oregon Legislation
In the last legislative session, OHS was instrumental in the passage of new legislation that greatly expanded legal protections for animals.
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.