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Voters in Oregon Gain an Opportunity to Save Endangered Animals

7/7/2016

Voters in Oregon Gain an Opportunity to Save Endangered Animals

7/7/2016

Thursday in Salem, OR., supporters and volunteer signature gatherers with Save Endangered Animals Oregon, a coalition of animal protection leaders, filed over 150,000 Oregon voter signatures in support of the most expansive animal protection measure in state history. Initiative Petition 68 aims to protect 12 endangered animals from wildlife trafficking and prohibit the sale of products and parts from sea turtles, sharks, rays, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs and other critically threatened or endangered species. 
 
This initiative was largely shaped by the successful 1401 initiative, the Washington ballot measure supported by Paul G. Allen and Vulcan Inc. in 2015. Initiative 1401 was a first-of-its-kind law that protects 10 highly endangered animals in Washington, which passed overwhelmingly with over 70 percent support. It’s part of a broader effort by Allen to close down the trade of endangered species products throughout the West Coast. 

Although the U.S. adopted a near-total ban for African elephant ivory, states have went beyond this threshold to pass stricter laws which protect many animals beyond just elephants. These state laws also give state enforcement agencies new authorities to investigate and disrupt the criminal syndicates that are trading in endangered animal parts. Recent news reports suggest the problem of wildlife trafficking is alive and well in Oregon and throughout the West Coast, proving the need for stricter laws to catch these criminals. Since 2014, a number of states have pushed for stricter laws - New York, New Jersey, and California have each passed laws prohibiting the purchase and sale of products made with elephant ivory and rhino horn. And just this year, Hawaii recently passed a law protecting 17 endangered species in an effort largely backed by Allen and Vulcan Inc.

Vulcan Inc. congratulates Save Endangered Animals Oregon – thanks to the hard work of your volunteers and supporters, Oregonians will now have the opportunity to join their neighboring states this November to protect endangered animals.

 

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