(Aug. 5, 2016)—Today, a citizen initiative that recently qualified for the November ballot to protect 12 of the most magnificent and imperiled animals in the world officially launches the second phase of their campaign as YES on 100! The Save Endangered Animals—Oregon measure, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, former State Senator Bruce Starr and Metro Council President Tom Hughes, prohibits the sale of products and parts from sea turtles, sharks, rays, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs and other imperiled animals. This measure has a broad base of support, and is endorsed by dozens of local and national organizations, including the Oregon Zoo Foundation, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Humane Society, Defenders of Wildlife, Environmental Investigative Agency, National Wildlife Federation, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare and more. The United States is among the world’s largest markets for wildlife products, and endangered species products are found for sale in Oregon.
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, issued the following statement:
“We must do all that we can to protect our world’s most iconic and endangered wildlife from extinction. Oregonians can do their part by voting YES on Measure 100 to take a strong stand against poaching and wildlife trafficking.”
Gov. Kate Brown also declared her support for the measure in an announcement on her site yesterday:
“I’m proud of Oregon’s widely known reputation of protecting threatened species. State law should reflect these values.”
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