Measure 100 — an Oregon initiative to ban the sale of products made from some of the world’s most imperiled animals — has passed overwhelmingly with 70 percent of the statewide vote.
Following the passage of similar laws in California and Washington, Oregon voters have effectively closed the west coast of the U.S. for trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn and other highly trafficked wildlife products.
PORTLAND — A ballot measure that would have taxed Oregon businesses with $25 million or more in sales failed Tuesday, but voters approved ballot measures on an array of other issues.
Measures covering everything from guaranteed outdoor school for Oregon middle schoolers to additional funding for veterans' services to whether public universities should be allowed to play the stock market got the thumbs up at the polls.
Aside from Measure 97 — the tax measure — the only other measure to fail was one that would have lifted ban on state judges serving beyond the age of 75.
Animal advocates are asking Oregon voters this fall to ban sales of parts from a dozen animal species, including ivory from elephants and rhinoceroses.
Shark fins are the only animal product from a non-native species currently banned from sale in Oregon, according to the state voter's pamphlet. Measure 100 would ban sales of 12 additional species: elephants, rhinoceroses, whales, tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, pangolins, sea turtles and rays. It would also prohibit the sales of any part of a shark.
An ecstatic crowd greeted 2016’s Portland EcoFilm Festival, which took place at Portland, Oregon’s historic Hollywood Theatre from October 20-23. The event focused heavily on the ways in which we understand our connection with the environment.