Thanks to all your efforts, House Bill 4075, the bill to ban coyote-killing contests, was approved by the full Oregon House of Representatives Tuesday on a vote of 42-16 (two absent). The bill now goes to the Oregon Senate for review by a Senate committee and then, if the committee approves, by the full 30-member Senate. If the Senate votes in favor, then the bill will need only a signature from Governor Kate Brown to become a law.
Here are two things you can do now to help this bill move forward and ensure more victories for animal welfare in the future:
If your representative voted in favor of the bill, say "thank you." To see how representatives voted, click here. If you don't know who your representative is or how to contact them, go here to find out. Be sure to tell your representative you are a "constituent" - meaning you live in their district.
Call or email your state senator to ask your senator to support the bill. If you don't know who your senator is or how to contact them, go here to find out. See our talking points below for ideas on what to say. Even just a sentence or two is fine. Again, be sure to say you are a "constituent" to let them know to you live in their district.
Studies show that the indiscriminate killing of native carnivores such as coyotes will not protect farm animals and other wildlife. It can even lead to an increase in coyote numbers by disrupting stable family packs, causing more reproduction. A good article on this topic can be found here. The research also is summarized in this written testimony from our coalition.
A number of other states have already banned wildlife and/or coyote-killing contests: New Mexico, Arizona, Massachusetts, California, and Vermont.