HB 3214 Limits animals in traveling animal acts

Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2023R1/Measures/Overview/HB3214
Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2023R1/Committees/HJUD/Overview

This bill prohibits person from using specified types of animals in traveling animal act. Provides certain exemptions from prohibition. Punishes by maximum of six months’ imprisonment, $2,500 fine, or both. Authorizes court to require person convicted of violation to forfeit animal used in violation.

This bill is a rerun from years past. The vague language will likely ban FFA/4H livestock shows, rodeos, and other common and enjoyable livestock activities. Animals love performing for owners and it make them more valuable, which means they are treated very well.

Oregon already has extensive animal cruelty and welfare laws including ORS Chapter 167, titled Offenses Against General Welfare and Animals. Enforce those current laws! It seems HB3214 lacks research.

There is no public safety concern and if animal cruelty is happening, then current laws can be enforced.

The bill uses undefined terms that leave law interpretation open to enforcement officers to cite good citizens providing important conservation and education outreach. No new law is needed to protect animals as Oregon can already prosecute animal abusers.

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