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Animal Advocates Rally at Oregon Capitol to Call for Stronger Trapping Restrictions

As part of Humane Lobby Day 2013, citizens from across Oregon rallied at the state capital to urge passage of S.B. 494, which would increase protections for pets and wildlife by restricting recreational and commercial trapping. Supporters of this bill include The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), Trap Free Oregon, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Sierra Club, Predator Defense, Oregon Wildlife Federation and Cascadia Wildlands.

Citizens also spent part of the day meeting with their lawmakers to ask for support on other important legislation impacting animal welfare. Humane Lobby Day 2013 was hosted by The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA.

“Oregonians have a deep sense of compassion for animals and respect for public safety, and we want Oregon’s trapping regulations to reflect these sentiments,” said Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director for The HSUS. “Humane Lobby Day is an opportunity for animal advocates to meet with their legislators to urge for more protections for animals, especially those offered by S.B. 494.”

“Animal welfare legislation is clearly an issue that Oregonians are passionate about, so it was wonderful to meet with citizen lobbyists and legislators to discuss the importance of passing laws such as H.B. 2783 to restrict harmful tethering and S.B. 494 to better protect the animal population of Oregon,” said Kevin O’Neill, senior state director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Western region. “Over 25,000 animals are caught in traps every year in Oregon, by fewer than 800 licensed trappers. It’s time for Oregon to enact the reasonable provisions outlined in S.B. 494 as well as join the many other states that have prohibited tethering as proposed in HB 2783."

Humane Lobby Day attendees urged their legislators to support the following bills:

  • S.B. 494, which bans trapping for recreation and commerce in fur; allows trapping for predator control, property damage, public safety, and research; requires trappers set traps no less than 100 feet from public premises, check traps every 24 hours, post warning signs near traps; and put an identification tag with contact information on traps
  • H.B. 2783, to restrict the chaining and tethering of dogs and improve minimum care standards for dogs
  • Legislation to crack down on chronic animal hoarders by creating the offense of aggravated animal neglect

In addition, animal advocates urged their legislators to oppose the following bills:

  • H.B. 2390, H.B. 2624 and S.B. 428, all of which allow increased hunting of bears and cougars with hounds, which the voters banned by passing Measure 18

Media Contacts:

HSUS - Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

ASPCA - Maureen Linehan, 646-706-4602, maureen.linehan@aspca.org