Oregon Trapping Ban Initiative (2016)

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A Oregon Trapping Ban Initiative may appear on a 2016 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute. If placed on the ballot and approved by voters, the measure would place restrictions on the use of different types of trapping practices used in hunting. A similar measure was proposed for the November 4, 2014 ballot, but supporters withdrew the proposal to focus on a 2016 bid, instead.[1]

Background

The 2014 proposed initiative would have banned trapping or poisoning animals, trading in fur/body parts of trapped animals and body-gripping traps. Supporters of this measure, however, decided to withdraw from 2014 consideration for the following reasons:

1) Our recent polling indicates that very few Oregonians even know that trapping is legal and practiced all over the state. Education is going to take longer than the time we have before the 2014 ballot.

2) Because of the low level of understanding about trapping, our polling numbers in favor of significant trapping restrictions were NOT high enough at this point to proceed.

3) Our 2014 ballot initiative wording restricted the types of traps that could be used on private land. It was primarily the body-gripping traps that cause the most pain and suffering in the trapped animal, but our polling shows that any measure that tries to restrict the rights of private property owners in OR faces significant opposition and is unlikely to pass.

4) Failure is NOT an option on this one. The TFO feels that the extra two years will allow us to do what needs to be done to succeed. Rushing this process is not a good idea.[2]

Trap Free Oregon, [1]

Support

Trap Free Oregon is the primary supporter of this measure.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Oregon signature requirements

No official proposal for this initiative has been submitted to the Oregon Secretary of State, as of June 7, 2014. In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters would be required to collect valid signatures from eight percent of the number of votes cast for the office of governor in the state's most recent gubernatorial election.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Trap Free Oregon, "Important Notification," accessed June 7, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.