In response to recent coyote killing contests like the one shown above near Burns, we joined other groups in supporting Senate Bill 723, which would ban these cruel contests in Oregon. After lots of advocacy and careful negotiation, the bill passed out of a committee in the state Senate but is now stalled on its way to a vote of the full Senate.
Please help us bring this bill to a vote by calling (best) or emailing your state senator and asking your senator to:
For more information about the bill, go here. To find out who your state senator is, and to get your senator's contact information, go here and type your address into the field in the top right part of the page and clicking "Find Who Represents Me."
Additional talking points:
Oregon has a history of drawing the line at unfair and inhumane practices that are out of step with our humane values, such as with coyote killing contests. Coyote killing contests are completely at odds with ethical, fair-chase hunting.
Studies show that the indiscriminate killing of native carnivores like coyotes will not protect livestock, and will not increase game species. It can even lead to an increase in coyote numbers by disrupting stable family packs, causing more reproduction.
Oregon’s wildlife, all wildlife, including coyotes, belong to all of us including, the majority of Oregonians who are non-hunters.