CSF Opposes Petition to Ban Fishing, Looking and Trapping in Oregon

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  • On June 3, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) sent the Oregon Secretary of State a statement questioning the language of the ballot for Petition 13 (IP 13), which aims to stop all hunting, fishing and trapping in Oregon to end.
  • IP 13, if passed, would prohibit the harming or killing of all mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians, unless it is done as an act of self-defense. This far-reaching initiative would not only ban hunting and fishing, but would also interfere with current animal husbandry practices, research and education.
  • Once the final language of the ballot title is certified, proponents of the initiative can begin collecting the 112,020 signatures required to place the initiative on the 2022 ballot.

Why It Matters: Oregon’s hunters, anglers, and trappers have long played an important role in funding conservation and wildlife management efforts across the state. Oregon’s athletes generate tens of millions of dollars each year for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) through the American System of Conservation Funding (ASCF), a unique “user pays – public benefits” structure. These funds are generated through the sale of fishing and hunting licenses and an 11% excise duty on sporting goods, which is paid under the Pittman-Robertson Act. In addition to preventing more than 940,000 athletes from engaging in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and trapping, the ban on these activities would result in a significant drop in revenue for Oregon’s vital conservation, habitat restoration and wildlife management efforts.

End Animal Cruelty, an animal rights activist group in Oregon, has proposed a 2022 ballot initiative that would end all hunting, fishing, and trapping in the state of Oregon. The Petition 13 (IP 13) initiative would prohibit the injury and killing of mammals, fish, reptiles or amphibians unless this resulted from an act of self-defense. The initiative would also make it a crime to engage in normal animal husbandry practices, including pets.

If passed, IP 13 would have an immediate impact on the 940,000 Oregon athletes who are active outdoors to support conservation efforts, food procurement, and traditions. For generations, Oregonians from across the state have relied on Oregon’s abundant natural abundance to provide fresh meat and fish for their families. The proposed initiative would also have a significant impact on the state’s ability to manage and protect its natural resources, wildlife and public lands.

Without athlete-generated revenue from license and branded sales, along with the excise revenue generated by Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson on sports-related purchases, ODFW’s budget would be slashed by nearly half. ODFW, who are primarily responsible for protecting and improving wildlife and their habitats, would lose over $ 50 million annually just by selling hunting and fishing licenses.

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) forwarded comments to the Oregon Secretary of State on June 3, denouncing the proposed language of the ballot for failing to adequately inform voters of the far-reaching and profound implications of IP 13 if passed . After reviewing these comments and making any changes, the Foreign Minister will finalize the language of the ballot title, clearing the hurdle for the End Animal Cruelty campaign to begin collecting the 112,020 signatures required for placement on the 2022 ballot . CSF will continue to work against IP 13 during this process.