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House Bill 2676 was introduced by Sponsors Rep. Robert Nosse, Rep. Ken Helm, Rep. Khanh Pham, Rep. Sheri Malstrom Schouten. The bill, “Prohibits sale, offer for sale, display for sale, trade or other distribution for consideration of fur product in State of Oregon. Prohibits sale, offer for sale, display for sale, trade or other distribution for consideration of fur product in State of Oregon.”
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In essence, this bill would make furs procured by trapping and any fur-based fly tying materials illegal, punishable by a maximum of 364 days imprisonment, a $6250 fine, or both. One of the country’s largest suppliers of fly tying materials, Hareline Dubbin’, is out of Oregon.
There are some exceptions to the bill. The bill, “establishes that “fur product” does not include animal skin to be converted into leather, cowhide, deerskin, lambskin or sheepskin or animal pelt or skin preserved through taxidermy or for purpose of taxidermy.”
This bill would have a huge impact on trappers and fly shops alike. It is slated to be reviewed by the House Committee On Agriculture and Natural Resources in the near future. Go to oregonlegislature.gov and contact your elected official to oppose this bill.