Target: Oregon Representative Brad Witt
Goal: Support efforts to make hunting and fishing with drones illegal.
Hunters and fisherman in many areas of the world are now using drones to find, corner and kill prey. This controversial practice has made its way to Oregon, where lawmakers largely disagree with the ethics of drone hunting. Currently, hunters can use drones to find prey in Oregon, though they must wait eight hours to kill the animals after locating them. Many citizens and lawmakers feel that the current law is unethical. In response to these beliefs, one lawmaker has proposed banning drone hunting completely in Oregon.
Drone hunting has become popular in Central Oregon and the Columbia Gorge. Representative Brad Witt proposes that all drone use should be made illegal in the state, including tracking, angling, hunting and harassing. Some of the state’s hunters approve of the proposed ban, including Brian Jennings who believes that the “fair chase” ethic should be respected and adhered to. Using drones to find and kill game is overall unethical. If individual state legislatures do not take a stand for wildlife, drone hunting may become commonplace and negatively alter wildlife ecosystems. Drones cause hunting to become too easy, allowing hunters an unnatural advantage over wildlife.
Sign this petition to support Witt’s proposed bill to ban drone hunting in Oregon. Achieving a drone hunting ban in a state full of wildlife and natural areas like Oregon would help encourage other states to ultimately ban drone hunting as well.
Dear Rep. Witt,
I am writing in support of your proposed ban on drone hunting in Oregon. Drones give hunters an unfair advantage over wildlife, even with legislation currently in place which requires hunters to wait eight hours after a drone spots wildlife to find and kill the animals. Thank you for understanding that hunting drones are completely unethical, as they take away the “fair chase” aspect of hunting.
Oregon’s wildlife is diverse and incredible. Every species from water to land needs legislative protection to ensure health and prosperity. You are a current and relevant voice for the wildlife of your state, and your influence is greatly appreciated. Please use my signature, as well as the others that this petition generates, to move your drafted legislation into law.
[Your Name Here]
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