A group calling itself “Trap Free Oregon” has filed a petition with the Secretary of State’s office to ban trapping in Oregon. The petition is the first step in collecting signatures for an initiative that would place a measure to ban trapping on the November 2014 ballot in Oregon.
Here are some of the provisions of the petition:
• To poison or attempt to poison any animal using sodium fluoroacetate (also known as 1080), sodium cyanide or other poisons which may be developed and deployed in M44-type devices or in other similar devices for predator control.
• To buy, sell, barter or otherwise exchange, or offer to buy, sell, barter, or otherwise exchange the raw fur of any animal that has been trapped in Oregon, in the manner listed above, after June 30, 2015, whether or not pursuant to a permit.
The petition offers the following exceptions:
2. The following activities shall not be subject to the restrictions of section 1 of this measure:
• The use of the common rat, mouse and mole traps to capture small rodents.
• Cage traps used to capture an animal for live relocation. Maximum trap check times for this type of trap shall be 24 hours.
• Cage traps used by local licensed pest control companies. Pest control companies using cage traps, or their agents, cannot sell, barter or otherwise exchange animals or the raw fur of animals thus trapped. Maximum trap check times for this kind of trap shall be 24 hours.
• A landowner, or authorized agent may use traps on their land:
• If nuisance animals, including predators, are taken on their land while in process of causing, or attempting to cause, loss or damage to agriculture crops, livestock, poultry, or personal property.
• On private lands that are open to the public, including but not limited to private timberlands, visible warning signs shall be posted in the immediate area where traps are deployed.
• The director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife could grant special permits for the use of traps, specified in section 1 above, for a period not to exceed 30 days, after a written finding has been produced in consultation with a staff biologist showing that no other means have been found to be sufficient to abate the problem.
• The director could permit the types of traps specified in subsection 1 above to protect people to specific threats to their health and safety.
A total of 87,213 signatures are needed to get the initiative on the 2014 ballot. DON’T SIGN THEIR PETITION!!!!