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New Poll: Majority of Oregonians Support Bill to Ban the Sale of Ivory

A new statewide survey reveals a vast majority of Oregonians would support a bill to ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn in the state. Overwhelming majorities from every demographic group and political party, from urban and rural regions, and among gun owners, support the ban with lopsided margins north of 80 percent.

Almost 90 percent of all Oregon voters statewide said they would support the bill, while only 7 percent said they would oppose it. The bill received overwhelming support from registered voters in both parties, with 97 percent Democratic and 87 percent Republican support. Eighty-four percent of gun owners said they would support the bill, and 92 percent of gun owners feel they would be unaffected by its passage.

SB 913, championed by Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, would strengthen regulation and complement federal law to stop underground trade of ivory and protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. It is currently in the Oregon House Judiciary Committee.

Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States said: “It is evident that the vast majority of Oregonians wish to do their part to help save elephants and rhinos from the threat of extinction. The slaughter of these animals is helping fund international criminal and terrorist organizations. We urge lawmakers to listen to the voice of the people and support SB 913.”

SB 913 is supported by a diverse coalition of groups including the The HSUS, Humane Society International, Environmental Investigation Agency, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Kenya Legal Project, Oregon Zoo, Oregon Humane Society, Wild Aid, Born Free USA, ASPCA, Wildlife Society, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the National Resources Defense Council.

The poll of 625 registered Oregon voters was taken by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research from May 26 through May 28, 2015. The margin for error is plus or minus four percentage points. The survey was commissioned by The Humane Society of the United States. You can view the full survey here

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, namini@humanesociety.org, 240-778-5545