Measure 100 would outlaw trafficking of endangered exotic animal parts within Oregon. It sounds a little far-fetched, but supporters say there is a shadowy market in ivory, rhinoceros horn and other illicit items in the state. Federal law prohibits such sales, but the Endangered Species Act does not apply to in-state trade in animal parts.
California and Washington have enacted laws against such trade. It's time for Oregon to join with them in cracking down on trade that hastens the decline of many beloved animal species around the world, including elephants, whales, jaguars, lions, leopards, cheetahs and sea turtles.
We recommend yes votes on Measures 94, 95 and 100.