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Great Apes and the Law: A complete resource for the legal status of the Great Apes within the United States
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Oregon Great Ape Laws

Statute Name Citation Summary
OR - Cruelty - Consolidated Cruelty Statutes   O. R. S. 167.310 - 390   These Oregon statutes comprise the state's anti-cruelty laws.  "Animal" means any nonhuman mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian or fish.  The term "assault," which is generally associated with human crimes, is used to define certain crimes against animals.  Animal abuse may be elevated to a felony offense if the act was committed directly in front of a minor child or if the perpetrator was previously convicted of domestic violence.  
OR - Endangered Species - Chapter 496. Application, Administration and Enforcement of Wildlife Laws. Threatened or Endangered Wildlife Species   O. R. S. 496.171 - 996; 498.026   These Oregon statutes set out the definitions and rules relating to the Oregon endangered species laws.  Specifically, Oregon law provides rules for listing based on the federal ESA list as well as the state criteria.  Violation of the law constitutes a Class A misdemeanor with an enhanced felony provision for subsequent convictions involving certain species (i.e., taking of game fish with a total value of $200 or more or the taking of antelope, black bear, cougar, deer, elk, moose, mountain goat or mountain sheep in violation of the wildlife laws) within a ten-year period.  
OR - Exotic Pets - Chapter 609. Animal Control; Exotic Animals; Dealers.   O. R. S. 609.205 - 335   These Oregon laws concern the regulation of exotic pets in the state. An "exotic animal" for purposes of the section means a  member of the family Felidae not indigenous to Oregon (except the domestic cat), any nonhuman primate, any nonwolf member of the family Canidae not indigenous to Oregon (except the domestic dog), any bear except the black bear, and any member of the order Crocodylia.  A person may not keep an exotic animal in this state unless the person possesses a valid State Department of Agriculture permit for that animal issued prior to the effective date of this 2009 Act.  

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