Offenses Against General Welfare and Animals

ORS 167.355
Involvement in animal fighting


A person commits the crime of involvement in animal fighting if the person:


Owns or trains an animal with the intention that the animal engage in an exhibition of fighting;


Promotes, conducts, participates in or is present as a spectator at an exhibition of fighting or preparations thereto;


Keeps or uses, or in any way is connected with or interested in the management of, or receives money for the admission of any person to any place kept or used for the purpose of an exhibition of fighting; or


Knowingly suffers or permits any place over which the person has possession or control to be occupied, kept or used for the purpose of an exhibition of fighting.


For purposes of this section:


“Animal” means any bird, reptile, amphibian, fish or nonhuman mammal, other than a dog or a fighting bird as defined in ORS 167.426 (Definitions for ORS 167).


“Exhibition of fighting” means a public or private display of combat between two or more animals in which the fighting, killing, maiming or injuring of animals is a significant feature. “Exhibition of fighting” does not include demonstrations of the hunting or tracking skills of an animal or the lawful use of animals for hunting, tracking or self-protection.


Involvement in animal fighting is a Class C felony. [Formerly 167.865; 1987 c.249 §6; 2003 c.484 §9; 2009 c.796 §2]

Notes of Decisions

Section not overbroad because more than gathering to discuss cockfighting is required to constitute promotion, preparation or participation in cockfighting. State v. Albee, 118 Or App 212, 847 P2d 858 (1993), Sup Ct review denied


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