Help save endangered animals by signing petition

The state of Washington took a giant step toward protecting endangered species, and now Oregonians can do the same.

Right now, poachers and traffickers exploit weak laws and regulations to sell ivory, rhino horn, sea turtle shells and other endangered species’ parts with little risk of being caught or prosecuted. Consumer demand (including here in Oregon) gives poachers and traffickers incentive to kill more of these endangered animals to make more money.

Oregonians could do our part to preserve endangered species before it’s too late, making sure these animals are more than a mere memory for future generations. I signed the petition to put the Save Endangered Animals measure on Oregon’s ballot. I hope others will sign too and join me in voting for it in November 2016.

Michelle Blake
Salem