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Endangered species smuggling growing problem for Oregon

KPTV · Jul 14, 2016

The recent arrest of a Forest Grove man on charges of smuggling endangered species points to a larger problem and a growing demand here in Oregon, according to federal agents.

At a warehouse in Wilsonville, investigators with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service store hundreds of items made from endangered species that were smuggled into or out of Oregon.

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Former Hillsboro senator works locally to save endangered species

Hillsboro Tribune · Jul 11, 2016

A former Hillsboro state senator is doing his best to save the African elephant and other endangered animals from going extinct on the other side of the planet.

Bruce Starr, a Republican from Hillsboro, is the chief petitioner and public face of Save Endangered Animals Oregon, a coalition of animal protection and conservation workers aiming to place a ballot measure before voters this fall which would make it illegal to sell products made from endangered animals.

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Ballot measure would bar trade in parts from endangered and exotic species in Oregon

Portlandtribune.com · Jul 08, 2016

The Save Endangered Animals Oregon coalition said it turned in more than 150,000 petition signatures on Thursday to quality a ballot initiative for Oregon’s November ballot. The initiative would ban the sale in Oregon of products and parts from sea turtles, sharks, rays, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs and other critically threatened or endangered species.

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Save Endangered Animals Oregon coalition successfully concluded signature gathering for the anti-wildlife trafficking ballot measure

(July 7, 2016) — Supporters and top volunteer signature gatherers with Save Endangered Animals Oregon, a coalition of animal protection and conservation leaders, delivered boxes of petitions to the Oregon Secretary of State in support of a proposed statewide statutory ballot measure. The measure aims to protect 12 types of animals heavily impacted by poaching, trafficking and consumer demand. Demonstrating the broad grassroots support for the measure, more than 400 volunteers helped to gather petition signatures from more than 150,000 Oregon voters across the state.

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Rare look inside wildlife smuggling sting

KGW.com · May 25, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. — Wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise. This underground network of criminals smuggles protected animal parts to buyers across the globe, including in Oregon. 

“A lot of people wonder why would anyone want an orangutan skull on their mantel,” said Special Agent Paul Montuori of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Folks want what they can’t have.”

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Editorial: Support initiative to help endangered species

The Bulletin · Mar 04, 2016

The trade in such things as rhino horns and elephant tusks won’t end if Oregonians approve a ballot measure this fall that would largely outlaw the practice. That said, a state ban on sales could make it more difficult, and that in itself is a good thing.

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Humane Society of the United States collaborating on measure to stop wildlife trafficking

NRtoday · Jan 25, 2016

Pangolins, known as “scaly anteaters,” are the most heavily trafficked animal in the world, as their scales are sold as a traditional folk remedy in Asia.

“They are on the course to extinction if we don’t do something,” said Scott Beckstead of Sutherlin, the senior Oregon director for the Humane Society of the United States.

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Save Endangered Animals Oregon rallies to collect signatures for ballot measure

KMTR · Jan 13, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. - The November ballot may be 11 months away, but one Oregon animal rights group is trying to gain traction and awareness among voters ahead of time.

Save Endangered Animals Oregon is collecting signatures for a ballot measure to protect marine turtles, elephants, rhinos and other animals from becoming extinct.

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Help save endangered animals by signing petition

Salem Statesman Journal · Nov 16, 2015

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.

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Washington Voters Approve Anti-Wildlife-Trafficking Initiative, I-1401, In a Landslide

HSUS · Nov 04, 2015

Oregon Voters Should Next Have a Chance to Replicate the Most Comprehensive Anti-Poaching Law Approved in Any State

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