Help Stop Inhumane Coyote Killing Contests in Oregon

We need your help today to help stop coyote killing contests in Oregon.

Senate Bill 723-7, would ban cruel coyote killing contests in which people compete for prizes by killing the most or largest coyotes. These contests have nothing to do with either wildlife management or legitimate hunting. They are simply cruel and wasteful killing of wild animals and they belong in the dustbin of history.

After lots of advocacy and careful negotiation, the bill passed out of a committee in the state Senate with a recommendation to the full senate to pass but is now stalled on its way to a vote of the full Senate. We need your help to get this legislation moving again and to pass it out of the full Senate!

A coyote stands at attention in a meadow surrounded by purple flowers.
Coyote, photo by Hayley Crews

Take Action

Please help us bring this bill to a vote by calling (preferred) or emailing your state senator and asking your senator to:

  • Support Senate Bill 723-7
  • Encourage Senate leaders (Peter Courtney and Ginny Burdick) to bring the bill to the full Senate for a vote.

Find Your Oregon State Senator

For more information about the bill, go here. To find out who your state senator is, and to get your senator’s contact information, go here and type your address into the field in the top right part of the page and clicking “Find Who Represents Me.” If no one answers the phone, leave a polite message with your contact information.

Additional talking points

Studies show that the indiscriminate killing of native carnivores like coyotes will not protect livestock, and will not increase game species. It can even lead to an increase in coyote numbers by disrupting stable family packs, causing more reproduction.

SB 723 is not an urban vs. rural issue. This is about the state of Oregon, and how Oregonian’s value and treat the public’s wildlife. We can value hunting as a tradition and establish restrictions on practices that are cruel and unsportsmanlike.

A recent public opinion poll commissioned by Remington Research Group indicated a strong majority of Oregonians support legislation to ban coyote killing contests across all five congressional districts.

Thank you for speaking up for wildlife!