Today is the last day to submit your public comments on the Draft Ballot Title for Initiative Petition #5, which seeks to ban trapping and the fur trade in Oregon.
The Draft Ballot Title is: Bans trapping, poisoning animals; trading in fur/body parts of trapped animal; body-gripping traps
Please, make your voice hear and submit your comments before it is too late!
It is too late to submit your comments by mail. If you submit comments today, please do so by fax or in person no later than 5 PM. Postmarks do not count, and emails are not accepted. Remember, only those that submit public comments can appeal the Certified Ballot Title when it is announced in med-February.
Fax your comments to: 503-373-7414
Deliver your comments to:
Kate Brown, Secretary of State
255 Capitol Street NE, Suite 501
Salem, OR 97310
In consultation with OOC legal counsel, we have drafted suggestions on what to include in your comments. At this time, your comments should focus on the ballot title and not the provisions of the measure itself.
Please consider these suggestions when preparing your comments. Use those comments that reflect your personal or organizational interests. The items in bold are critical.
These suggested comments are meant to achieve the greatest possible impact at this stage in the process while steering us towards the ultimate goal of defeating this proposed measure.
The full text of IP #5 is available at: http://oregonvotes.org/irr/2014/005text.pdf
About the Petition Process
The petition was filed by Trap Free Oregon, an activist group financed by deep-pocketed animal rights organizations from across the country. Trap Free Oregon had to submit 1,000 signatures to receive a Draft Ballot Title.
Now it is our turn to comment on the Draft Title. Based on the comments received, the Attorney General will release a Certified Ballot Title in mid-February. At that point, we will be able to appeal the Certified Title to the Oregon Supreme Court. This appeals process can delay the petition by months. Only once Trap Free Oregon has an approved title can they begin collecting the 87,213 required to qualify the initiative for the ballot.
Thank you for your help on this important issue. Please be looking for future correspondence from the Oregon Outdoor Council, and be sure to sign up as a member for only $25.