Additional Statment as of 1/27/16:
The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association does not support or endorse groups that take illegal action against the government. This includes militia takeover of government property, such as the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. We are saddened to hear that resolution to the Malheur takeover has resulted in bloodshed, but are hopeful that the people of Burns will soon be able to return to everyday life. Our leadership has faith in authorities and their efforts to encourage citizens to abide by the law and restore peace to Harney County.
SALEM,Ore., (01/04/2016) – Today, January 4, 2016 Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond have left their homes to report to a federal prison. Both ranchers are faithful, long term Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members. Many have asked where the association stands on the Hammond’s predicament.
The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has declared that they do not support illegal activity taken against the government but has, and will continue, to support the Hammonds via avenues that are in accordance with the law.
John O’Keeffe, current president of the OCA, said the ranchers in Burns strive to work together with surrounding agencies. “The community of Burns and the ranchers there have been very resourceful in working together with agencies on many wildlife issues,” he said. “Furthermore, OCA does not support illegal activity taken against the government. This includes militia takeover of government property, such as the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.”
OCA’s Executive Director, Jerome Rosa, pointed out that the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has supported the Hammonds for some time and does not agree with their current re-sentencing. “OCA feels the Hammond’s situation is a classic case of double jeopardy. The Hammonds were tried and convicted by a jury of their peers and have already served their sentence,” Rosa said.
Although the Hammonds have already been sentenced to additional prison time, OCA is continuing to work to find ways to support them.
O’Keeffe mentioned several legal ways the organization is working to provide assistance. “We are circulating an online petition asking the White House to review the Hammonds case.” A link to the petition can be found the OCA website or on their social media channels. “In addition to clemency efforts, we are working through legal avenues to help the Hammonds get their BLM grazing permits restored,” said O’Keeffe.
While the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association does not agree with the current legal action being taken against the Hammonds, OCA will continue to assist and represent the Hammonds solely through avenues that are in accordance with the law.
The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.
To view/sign the petition, click here!
By Kayli Hanley
Monetary donations for the Hammonds can be sent here:
The Hammond Family
c/o Sandra Carlon at US Bank
493 N. Broadway
Burns, Oregon 97720.
Click here to view OCA President John O’Keeffe comment on the Hammond situation!
Click here to view OCA Executive Director Jerome Rosa comment on the Hammond situation!
Click here to view OCA Communications Director Kayli Hanley comment on the Hammond situation!
Click here to view Representative Walden comment on the Hammond situation!