Help Oregon Get A Right To Hunt, Fish, Forage, Gather and FOOD!
Oregon has long been known as a state with bountiful opportunities for people to source their own food. It is an immense source of pride for all who venture into the natural world and return with food for their families’ tables. The past three years of pandemic and natural disasters have shown us how quickly supply chains and food sources can be depleted. The harvests from locally foraged foods continue to fill those nutritional gaps in a time when they are greatly needed.
The Right to Food and self-sufficiency in procurement must be protected for all people in Oregon. Twice, previous measures were put before the Oregon legislature without even a hearing being granted. Recent attempts to limit or ban harvesting, gathering, and foraging show that there is an active element wanting to destroy them. Now, on February 2, 2023, the Oregon House Committee on Rules has scheduled this bill to be heard. It is vital that sportsmen loudly voice their support for a constitutional Right to Food. Currently, 23 other states enjoy protection under a constitutional provision.
HJR 5 ensures that current and future generations of Oregonians have the right to fish, hunt, harvest, and gather food as previous generations have done. It will prevent an outright ban on these activities and the ability to remain self-sufficient in procuring food. It continues to allow for the reasonable regulation of harvesting natural resources by the Legislative Assembly, state agencies, and citizens of Oregon.
HJR 5 does not force wildlife conservation and management goals or priorities on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It will not infringe on private or public property rights; trespassing is not authorized, permitted, or condoned through this bill. Poaching and illegal harvest of plants and animals will still be loudly and roundly condemned.
Only two days' notice was given for the hearing on HJR 5. Oregon needs sportsmen and women to quickly rise to the call and add their voice to the weight of many in support of the Right to Food.
READ: HJR 5 Right to Food Bill
As of Feb 2 this is the only action left on this issue until further notice
REGISTER: Your comments here though written testimony.
Quick instructions are: Be sure House Committee on Rules is selected then choose 2/2/23 1pm. Proceed to fill out the rest and submit your written testimony. Use Howl For Wildlife for location if you want.