(Aug. 31, 2016)- The African elephant populations have experienced a drastic decline with approximately 144,000 animals poached since 2007, according to groundbreaking research released today by the Great Elephant Census, a project funded by philanthropist and endorser of Yes on Measure 100 Paul G. Allen. The results underscore the need for Oregon to pass Measure 100 to shut down the elephant-decimating ivory trade.
Measure 100 would prohibit the sale of products and parts from 12 animals, including elephants, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks, rays, cheetahs and other imperiled animals. Measure 100 tracks the progresses in our neighboring state of Washington which passed a similar ballot measure in November last year and the recently enacted anti-wildlife trafficking law in Hawaii, both of which were backed by Paul Allen and his Vulcan Foundation. The United States is among the world's largest markets for ivory, and based on market investigations, ivory products of unknown origins are found for sale in Oregon.
The study revealed that Savanna elephant populations in 18 surveyed countries declined by 30 percent between 2007 and 2014. Some local populations could be facing local extirpation. Researchers also lamented the cruel and inhumane method that poachers use to kill elephants and harvest their tusks.
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a chief petitioner, issued the following statement: “Oregon can step up and be a part of the solution this November. I urge Oregonians to vote YES on 100 to protect elephants and other endangered species from wildlife trafficking in Oregon.”
Wayne Pacelle, CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, an endorser of Yes on 100 commented, “Thanks to Paul Allen’s generosity and passion for elephant conservation, the plight of the African elephant is documented in this landmark scientific research project. The heart-breaking results should motivate us to do all that we can to shut down ivory markets around the world, including in Oregon. Yes on 100 would ensure that Oregon does not provide a marketplace for ivory and other endangered species goods, and eliminate incentives for wildlife smuggling.”
For more information about Yes on 100, go to: www.saveanimalsoregon.com.