March 15, 2023
Dear Members & Supporters,
Firstly, thank you for taking action to help us stop Arkansas SB339, a terrible amendment to the Arkansas Working Animal Protection Act statute, ACT 1091.
Unfortunately, Arkansas SB339 passed the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development Committee yesterday. We will keep you apprised on its progress, or hopefully, lack thereof.
Tonight we are asking for your help and action to write letters to the Oregon lawmakers in the Judiciary Committee to STOP HB3214 which will be heard tomorrow at 8:00 AM Pacific Time in Room HR-D.
If passed, Oregon HB 3214 would prohibit the use of most exotic animals, as well as several groups of reptiles and tortoises, and many other animals that Oregon considers domestic livestock in “traveling animal acts.” This could include rodeo, educational zoos, animal exhibits at state and county fairs, etc.
Proponents of the bill say HB3214 is intended to protect animals from mistreatment and cruelty; however, the State of Oregon currently has in place multiple statutes that ensure safe and humane treatment of animals. Animal exhibitors are highly regulated by the US Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Additional statutes regarding animal cruelty are repetitive and unnecessary.
Those engaged in actual animal husbandry of animals know far better how to care for animals than well-intentioned urban activists. We must allow time-tested practices to proceed free of interference from over-regulation and bans, such as Oregon HB3214.
Sadly, because of the animal rights organizations’ emotional propaganda about animal exhibitors, it has become commonplace to believe that humane treatment is not exercised by caretakers of traveling animals and exhibits; but that could not be further from the truth. These animals are well respected and are provided with a life long medical care, environmental stimulation, and top-notch husbandry practices, all of which are already currently heavily regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
Take Action NOW to OPPOSE HB3214. CLICK link below to learn more talking points about this harmful legislation and submit your letter directly to each member of the Oregon House Judiciary Committee before 8:00 AM tomorrow, Thursday, March 16, 2023.
Oppose Oregon HB3214
Thank you for taking action!
The Cavalry Group