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We are steadily awaiting the results of the 2021 Initiative Petition 13 or IP13 which was filed last year in Oregon by a Portland based animal rights group. The petition will require 112,020 signatures to land a position on the November 2022 ballot for Oregon voters.
The overall premise of this bill is marketed as a bill to end animal cruelty which most people would support. If you dig deeper into the proposed bill then you will find that the language is much more specific. If passed, this bill would make the intentional killing of ANY animal illegal in the state of Oregon. This will include hunting, fishing, trapping, and all forms of animal agriculture which involve slaughtering the animal. All of these actions would be considered animal abuse and punishable as a felony.
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The website that supports this bill has a very interesting FAQ section which details how the founders hypothesize the effects of the bill if passed. Their reference to hunting and fishing:
“If passed, IP13 would remove the exemption for hunting, fishing, and trapping from our cruelty laws, meaning that any practice that involves the intentional injury of an animal would be criminalized. Although the practice of seeking, pursuing, and in some cases even capturing an animal would still be legally protected, the practice of killing animals would no longer be protected.”
This statement confirms thoughts from the hunting and fishing community about the threat of this bill to our lifestyle. If IP13 were to gain traction and gain a position on the ballot then there could be a possibility that this bill could pass like any other piece of voter approved legislation. As hunters and anglers, we should show our support in the demise of this potential bill. The petition period closed on 08 July and now the voters of Oregon will have to wait to see the final count of the petition.