Save Endangered Animals Oregon has announced a new political committee organized to qualify for a ballot initiative to prohibit the sale of products and parts from elephants, rhinos, lions, pangolins, sea turtles, sharks and other threatened species. The measure is designed to save these species from the threat of poaching by removing the economic incentive to kill them and sell their parts and products made with them within the state of Oregon.
A taxidermist has pleaded guilty to purchasing and transporting black rhinoceros horns from Oregon to Iowa.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 39-year-old James Hess, of Maquoketa, Iowa, entered his plea Wednesday to one count of violating the Lacey Act. The 1990 federal law criminalizes sales of animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Black rhinos are classified as critically endangered. It's illegal to traffic their horns across state lines.