Offenses Against General Welfare and Animals

ORS 167.335
Exemption from ORS 167


Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, unless gross negligence can be shown, the provisions of ORS 167.315 (Animal abuse in the second degree) to 167.333 (Sexual assault of an animal) do not apply to:


The treatment of livestock being transported by owner or common carrier;


Animals involved in rodeos or similar exhibitions;


Commercially grown poultry;


Animals subject to good animal husbandry practices;


The killing of livestock according to the provisions of ORS 603.065 (Slaughter methods);


Animals subject to good veterinary practices as described in ORS 686.030 (Acts constituting practice of veterinary medicine);


Lawful fishing, hunting and trapping activities;


Wildlife management practices under color of law;


Lawful scientific or agricultural research or teaching that involves the use of animals;


Reasonable activities undertaken in connection with the control of vermin or pests; and


Reasonable handling and training techniques.


Subsection (1) of this section does not create an exemption from ORS 167.332 (Prohibition against possession of same genus or domestic animal). [1985 c.662 §6; 1995 c.663 §4; 2001 c.926 §10a; 2018 c.19 §4]


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