October 11, 2016
Investigation finds products of endangered animals for sale in Oregon
Investigators from The Humane Society of the United States working on behalf of Save Endangered Animals Oregon found products of several imperiled animals for sale in multiple Oregon businesses. The findings come with less than a month remaining until Oregon voters cast their ballots. If it is approved by voters, Measure 100 will ensure that Oregon does not provide a market for animal products resulting from wildlife poaching and trafficking.
Kristin Leppert, campaign director for Save Endangered Animals Oregon, the campaign committee supporting Measure 100, issued the following statement:
“Products of endangered animals are readily available in Oregon and voters have the opportunity to vote Yes on Measure 100 to put an end to sales of these products in our state.”
Significant findings of the investigation, conducted over 10 days, include:
- Over 30 businesses had elephant ivory items for sale.
- None of the businesses offering ivory were able to provide documentation verifying the age of the ivory products, which is required by federal law.
- The investigation found 30 stores throughout Oregon, including stores in Portland, Bend, Lincoln City, Coos Bay and Salem openly selling parts of elephant (ivory) or pangolin (scales), leopard or cheetah (fur), or shark and stingray (skins).
- Several items appeared to be made of new elephant ivory.
- Whole and powdered pangolin scales were available at two businesses.
Measure 100 prohibits the sale or purchase of parts and products from endangered sea turtles, elephants, rhinos and other threatened animals. Measure 100 will ensure that Oregon does not provide a market for endangered species products resulting from wildlife poaching and trafficking. Washington, California and Hawaii have passed similar laws to shut down wildlife trafficking within their borders. With the passage of Measure 100, Oregon will build on this momentum in shutting down local markets for those who seek to profit from this destructive wildlife trade.
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