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Senate Votes to End Illegal Ivory Trade

The Oregon Senate approved legislation with a 19-11 vote to ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn in the state. SB 913, championed by Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton), would strengthen regulation and complement federal law to stop the underground trade and protect these species from extinction.

Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following response:  "This important legislation represents an opportunity for Oregon to do its part to stop the trafficking in black market ivory and rhino horn that is driving these iconic species to extinction, and we commend the Oregon Senate for supporting this effort. We thank Senator Mark Hass for his hard work in fighting for the legislation, and to the Senate Judiciary Committee for finding the right balance with reasonable exemptions. For the sake of the world's elephants and rhinos, we urge the Oregon House of Representatives to move quickly in passing the bill."

Sen. Hass added, “Here in Oregon, we have a long tradition of advancing animal welfare and protecting wildlife. Now it’s time to extend the conservation spirit to these majestic creatures of Africa and Asia. Humans can live without ivory, elephants cannot.”

SB 913 is supported by a diverse coalition of groups including the Environmental Investigation Agency, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Kenya Legal Project, Oregon Zoo, Oregon Humane Society, Wild Aid and Wildlife Society.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 240-672-8397; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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