As a Bend resident and veterinarian I will be voting in support of Measure 100. If passed, this measure will outlaw the sale of parts and products of 12 species of endangered exotic animals within Oregon.
Since the health and welfare of all animals is a priority to veterinarians, many veterinarians in Oregon have endorsed this measure, including Oregon U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader.
I ask residents of Central Oregon to join me and my Oregon colleagues in support of Measure 100 to help save at-risk species from trade in the Oregon market.
In addition to federal laws, Washington, California and Hawaii have all recently passed state laws against wildlife trafficking, since traffickers and poachers can circumvent weak laws and regulations with little risk of consequences. Oregon animal welfare groups including Humane Oregon, Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Oregon Humane Society, along with leading national animal welfare organizations have also formally endorsed Measure 100 because removing the demand for products of poaching is the most effective way to inhibit the suffering and illegal wildlife trafficking of endangered animals.
Please vote yes on Measure 100 to help reduce the market for the products of poaching! You can find out more about it by going to www.saveanimalsoregon.com