About the Issue

Oregon has a long tradition of conservation and animal welfare standards. From elephants to sea turtles, many iconic species face the threat of extinction due to demand for their parts. Save Endangered Animals Oregon is working to put a measure on the November 2016 ballot to prohibit the sale of products and parts from 12 imperiled types of animals.

By voting yes on this measure, Oregon voters will help save sea turtles, sharks, rays, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, and other critically threatened or endangered species from poaching, cruelty, and the threat of extinction.

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Rare look inside wildlife smuggling sting

PORTLAND, Ore. — Wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise. This underground network of criminals smuggles protected animal parts to buyers across the globe, including in Oregon. 

“A lot of people wonder why would anyone want an orangutan skull on their mantel,” said Special Agent Paul Montuori of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Folks want what they can’t have.”

Editorial: Support initiative to help endangered species

The trade in such things as rhino horns and elephant tusks won’t end if Oregonians approve a ballot measure this fall that would largely outlaw the practice. That said, a state ban on sales could make it more difficult, and that in itself is a good thing.

Humane Society of the United States collaborating on measure to stop wildlife trafficking

Pangolins, known as “scaly anteaters,” are the most heavily trafficked animal in the world, as their scales are sold as a traditional folk remedy in Asia.

“They are on the course to extinction if we don’t do something,” said Scott Beckstead of Sutherlin, the senior Oregon director for the Humane Society of the United States.