Offenses Against General Welfare and Animals

ORS 167.426
Definitions for ORS 167.426 to 167.439

As used in ORS 167.426 (Definitions for ORS 167.426 to 167.439) to 167.439 (Forcible recovery of a fighting bird):


“Cockfight” means a fight between two or more birds that is arranged by a person and that has the purpose or probable result of one bird inflicting injury to another bird.


“Constructive possession” means an exercise of dominion and control over the location and treatment of property without taking physical possession of the property.


“Fighting bird” means a bird that is intentionally reared or trained for use in, or that actually is used in, a cockfight.


“Gaff” means an artificial steel spur designed for attachment to the leg of a fighting bird in replacement of the bird’s natural spurs.


“Slasher” means a steel weapon resembling a curved knife blade designed for attachment to the foot of a fighting bird.


“Source bird” means:


A hen used to produce one or more chicks intended for eventual use as fighting birds; or


A chick being reared with the intent that the chick eventually be used as a fighting bird or as a hen described in paragraph (a) of this subsection. [2003 c.484 §1; 2017 c.276 §1]
Note: 167.426 (Definitions for ORS 167.426 to 167.439) to 167.439 (Forcible recovery of a fighting bird) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 167 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
Chapter 167

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Exemption of nuisance laws from constitutional requirement for payments based on government regulations restricting use of property, (2001) Vol 49, p 284

Law Review Citations

51 OLR 427-637 (1972)


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