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Oregon: End Coyote Killing Contests in Oregon

This action is for Oregon residents only.

Killing contests are cruel and not grounded in science. Participants compete to kill as many animals as they can during a set time period, and prizes and money are awarded for various categories, including for the largest and smallest animals killed.

The Oregon Legislature is considering a bill (HB 2728) that would ban coyote killing contests — the most common species targeted by these cruel events. This bill recently passed the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and is now headed to the Oregon House of Representatives for a vote.

Over nine contests have been held in Oregon in recent years. This past January, in a contest in Southeastern Oregon, more than 272 coyotes were killed over a two-day period for the chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

The bill is part of a growing national movement to prohibit wildlife killing contests. Seven states have already enacted bans entirely or for certain mammal species — Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Vermont, and Washington.

Such contests have come under increasing scrutiny as especially egregious instances of wanton violence against animals. Killing contests are inhumane and numerous scientific studies have debunked claims that killing contests reduce native wildlife long term.

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