UPDATE:The bill was sent back to committee for a rewrite, specifying predator hunting derbies. This change would exclude field trials and hunt tests.
But stay alert. We are on a slippery slope here!
Oregon SB 723 could bring an end to all canine field trials and hunt tests in the state. Oppose today!
Contact Oregon legislators with your opposition to SB 723, which would prohibit any taking of wildlife in contests. The bill would be devastating to the vibrant and large hunting community of Oregon that is a boon to the state economy while serving only the narrow interests of anti-hunting and animal rights groups. See our letter to the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee here.
SB 723 would prohibit any “contest, competition, tournament or derby in this state that has the objective of taking wildlife for prizes or other inducement or for the purpose of entertainment.” The bill is so broadly worded as to be vastly over-inclusive; it will certainly include all field trials, hunt tests, and perhaps even events such as Barnhunt. Not only would SB 723 be devastating to hunting, but would hurt preservation breeding of many breeds proven through testing that would be banned under the bill.
Please write Oregon legislators today and urge them to oppose SB 723!
Write a letter.