The 2019 Oregon Legislature convened in January and recently passed a number of mid-session deadlines for proposals to move or die. On the positive side, highlights included bills moving forward to ban coyote-killing contests, to prohibit cyanide devices for predator control, and to require dogs and cats formerly used in research to be made available for adoption. Also, some bad ideas seem to have died, including resumed hunting of cougars with dogs and changes to the fish and wildlife commission to make it even less responsive to the 80 percent of Oregonians who don't hunt or fish but care about wildlife. On the down side, a bill to prevent the sale of dogs and cats from retail pet stores has died, as have bills to reform industrial dairies. For a complete list of the bills we are tracking and their current status, go here. To see the full text of a bill, along with its history, scheduled events and other information, click on the bill number in our list. You should feel free to contact your state legislators at any time about any of these bills. Click here to find out who your legislators are if you don't already know (you have one senator and one representative). We will also let you know of strategic times to comment on the pending legislation we consider most important. Thank you for your interest in animal welfare!
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