Save Endangered Animals Oregon rallies to collect signatures for ballot measure

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.

Iowa taxidermist pleads guilty to trafficking rhino horns from Oregon

A taxidermist has pleaded guilty to purchasing and transporting black rhinoceros horns from Oregon to Iowa.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 39-year-old James Hess, of Maquoketa, Iowa, entered his plea Wednesday to one count of violating the Lacey Act. The 1990 federal law criminalizes sales of animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Black rhinos are classified as critically endangered. It's illegal to traffic their horns across state lines.