Measure 100

Argument in Favor

Vote YES on Measure 100 to crack down on wildlife trafficking and protect wildlife from poaching.

Sportsmen and all conservationists should unequivocally support Measure 100. As a law-abiding hunter (and member of the NRA), I, and others like me, share a great responsibility to be good stewards of global wildlife resources. Measure 100 gives Oregonians a real chance to benefit animals that are routinely and senselessly poached.

Profiting from the sale of poached or endangered animals offends any honorable hunting tradition. Globally, these distorted practices affect wildlife populations and create a crisis of extinction for elephants, rhinos, and others species. All of the animals covered by Measure 100 are in high demand and are vulnerable to population declines because of continued trade in their parts.

We must do whatever we can to stop the illegal trade of wildlife parts. Our collective responsibility is to provide these animals the opportunity to exist and thrive into the future; future generations want to see them in the wild, not as a picture next to Dodo birds in Wikipedia as a search result for the term “extinct species.”

Before you dismiss this problem, please reconsider. Poachers kill 96 elephants a day. 672 per week. Over 35,000 annually.

There is nothing sporting about these crimes against nature. These animals aren’t killed by hunters. They are mercilessly slaughtered by criminals for a quick profit.

This measure will not criminalize people who own legal wildlife products. People who own products made from animals covered by Measure 100 can continue to possess and gift the items to others without fear of breaking the law. There are also reasonable exemptions for antiques and musical instruments.

It’s unsustainable to commercially exploit these animals. Profiting from items like hunting trophies and ivory trinkets threatens animal populations. If we value wildlife, then our laws should protect them.

These animals truly need our help and the best way to do so is by voting YES on Measure 100.

(This information furnished by Rene Tatro.)


Argument in Favor

Protect endangered animals: vote YES on Measure 100

Measure 100 is designed to help the animals that need it the most

Measure 100 would help save endangered and threatened species by restricting the trade of wildlife parts and products made from imperiled and iconic species such as elephants, rhinos, and tigers. Demand for ivory carvings, rhino horn, tiger pelts, and other wildlife products are driving unstainable losses of these animals, and may even result in extinction. Stopping the trade of wildlife products is one of the most crucial steps towards saving vulnerable wildlife.

The U.S., widely considered one of the largest markets for wildlife products in the world, creates a large part of the demand. Ivory and other wildlife products harvested from poached animals are smuggled into the U.S. on a regular basis. It is estimated that only 10% of these products are seized at the border. Once these products enter the country and into states like Oregon, they can be sold without fear of penalties. Illegal ivory from recently poached elephants is sold side by side with true antiques, often without the buyer’s knowledge.

Measure 100 would end Oregon’s role in the slaughter of iconic animal species by clamping down on the trade of their parts and products within the state. The measure includes exemptions for musical instruments and bona fide antiques with small amounts of ivory.

Help Oregon join the movement

Washington State passed a similar ballot initiative last year, joining California, Hawaii, New York, and New Jersey as states that have restricted the ivory trade within their borders in the past 3 years.Measure 100 is a chance for Oregon to join the movement and show it values living, breathing wildlife over trinkets.

Jeff Flocken
Regional Director, North America
International Fund for Animal Welfare

Adam Roberts
CEO
Born Free USA

John Calvelli
Executive Vice President for Public Affairs
Wildlife Conservation Society

(This information furnished by Mark Hofberg, Campaign Officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare.)


Argument in Favor

Defenders of Wildlife Supports Measure 100

Help save some of the world’s most trafficked animals from poaching and the threat of extinction – Vote YES on Measure 100

As one of the largest consumers of both legal and illegal wildlife products in the world, the United States plays a crucial role in combatting wildlife trafficking. Oregon voters now have the chance to prohibit the sale of wildlife parts and products from 12 imperiled animals, including sharks, rays, sea turtles and whales. By voting yes on Measure 100, Oregonians can play an important part in reducing demand for illegal wildlife products.

Wildlife trafficking is on the rise worldwide and is driving species like sea turtles, sharks, elephants, rhinos and rays to the brink of extinction.

Wildlife trafficking is one of the most lucrative forms of illegal activity in the world, generating an estimated $7-23 billion annually. And the United States is one of the world’s largest consumers of illegal wildlife.

There is a substantial market for wildlife parts and products in Oregon. For example, between 2004-2014, leopards were one of the most heavily traded animals in the state. Poachers and traffickers exploit weak laws and regulations to sell ivory, rhino horn, sea turtle shells, and other imperiled species parts with low risk of detection or prosecution.

By banning the sale of illegal wildlife products in Oregon, we can help reduce demand and give authorities an important tool to stop the illegal wildlife trade.

“Millions of shipping containers and shipments from foreign countries arrive at U.S. ports of entry each year, and only a small fraction are being inspected for illegal wildlife contraband. We can’t continue to treat the flood of illegal wildlife product into this country as a low priority issue. It’s time for us to act.”
– Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO, Defenders of Wildlife.

Vote YES on Measure 100 to fight the growing illegal wildlife trade that threatens our planet’s natural heritage.

(This information furnished by Quinn Read, Oregon Representative, Defenders of Wildlife.)


Argument in Favor

The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund is proud to endorse the Oregon measure to stop illegal wildlife trafficking, better protecting critically threatened or endangered species from poaching and the threat of extinction due to demand for their parts.

America’s experience with wildlife has helped define and shape our national character and identity for generations. Protecting these species and the habitats on which they rely is a cause that has long united us from all walks of life. To hunters, anglers, hikers, birders, campers, gardeners, farmers, and other outdoor enthusiasts, this conservation ethic has evolved as an integral part of our heritage.

The United States is among the world’s top markets for wildlife parts and products. Poachers and traffickers exploit weak laws and regulations to sell ivory, rhino horn, and other endangered species parts with low risk of detection or prosecution. Shutting off the Oregon market for products that are made from these rare or endangered animals will help stop the killing.

The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund embraces a responsibility to conserve wildlife and wild places wherever they may be. To this end, we support the Oregon measure to stop illegal trafficking and protect endangered species from extinction – thereby defending the wildlife heritage we wish to pass on to future generations.

This November, Vote YES on Oregon’s Measure 100 to take a strong stand against poaching and wildlife trafficking.

(This information furnished by Andy Buchsbaum, Interim Executive Director.)


Argument in Favor

Measure 100 will help prevent the extinction of 12 imperiled animal types threatened by trade in their parts and products—wild elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, pangolins, sea turtles, whales, sharks and rays.

Voting YES on Measure 100 will help stop wildlife trafficking

The scale of the poaching crisis is immense. Every fifteen minutes, on average, poachers kill another elephant for black-market ivory using barbaric methods, including mass poisoning. The poachers are ruthless, indiscriminate and highly militarized with links to the world’s worst terror and criminal networks. Measure 100 will help reduce the demand for products that fuel violence and corruption.

Oregonians can make a difference by voting YES on Measure 100

The United States is one of the world’s largest markets for fur, bones, ivory, horns, scales and other products from endangered animals. Oregon’s population and commerce are poised for unprecedented growth in the coming decade. Measure 100 will give state authorities new tools to end the Oregon market for these animal products and empower Oregonians to send the message to wildlife brokers that the illegal wildlife trade is unwelcome in our state.

Conservation experts support Measure 100

Measure 100 is supported by many respected organizations including those at the front lines of the poaching crisis with decades of experience fighting the illegal wildlife trade. By voting YES on Measure 100, we can do our part to help save endangered animals from extinction.

Measure 100 is a fair way to combat the illegal wildlife trade

Measure 100 targets the commercial trade in products of 12 types of imperiled wild animals. Law-abiding owners of these wildlife products will not be penalized in any way for possessing products made from these animals, for passing them to others through their estate, or donating them to a qualifying museum or institution.

Allan Thornton, President, Environmental Investigation Agency

David Kracke, International Board Member, WildAid

Sarah Uhlemann, International Program Director, Center for Biological Diversity

(This information furnished by Danielle Grabiel, Senior Policy Analyst, EIA.)


Argument in Favor

Vote YES on Measure 100 to Protect Endangered Animals from Cruelty

Measure 100 will help save endangered sea turtles, elephants, rhinos, and other wild animals threatened with cruel poaching and extinction.

Voting YES will Help End Illegal Killings and Trafficking of Iconic Wild Species. Endangered species products are found for sale in Oregon. Every day close to 100 elephants are brutally killed in Africa, their tusks hacked off, to supply the black market for ivory trinkets. Poachers poisoned a watering hole with cyanide, killing more than 300 elephants at once. Organized criminal gangs and armed rebels use military weapons to kill wildlife for the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade. Measure 100 will ensure that Oregon does not provide a market for endangered species products resulting from wildlife poaching and trafficking.

Vote YES for a Reasonable and Fair Measure to Combat the Illegal Wildlife Trade. Measure 100 is carefully crafted and does not affect legal antiques, and allows continued ownership and gifts and inheritance of existing products that do not contribute to the illegal wildlife trade. Often times, unsuspecting consumers are duped into purchasing wildlife products of illegal or dubious origins. Measure 100 will protect Oregonians from unknowingly contributing to the illegal wildlife trade.

Voting YES Strengthens Conservation Laws. Several states have adopted laws complementing federal regulations and we are helping to do our part to dry up demand for the illegal wildlife trade. With the passage of this measure, Oregon will join California, Washington, Hawaii, and other states in shutting down local markets for those who seek to profit from this destructive wildlife trade.

A YES vote is a vote for survival of sea turtles, elephants, rhinos, and other iconic wild animals decimated by trafficking and poaching.

U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer

Former Oregon State Senator Bruce Starr

Metro Council President Tom Hughes

(Save Endangered Animals Oregon Chief Petitioners)

To learn more, please visit www.saveanimalsoregon.com.

(This information furnished by Kristin Leppert, Campaign Director, Save Endangered Animals Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Veterinarians urge a YES vote on Measure 100

As veterinarians, our professional obligation is to protect the health and welfare of all animals. This means not only the animals in our homes but also those species struggling to survive on other continents. Many individuals feel powerless to help the plight of endangered species, but Measure 100 is one way we can help!

It is our responsibility as veterinarians to ensure that animals are treated humanely. Far from humane, every year, thousands of elephants are shot or poisoned and their ivory tusks removed, leaving the body behind and very often an innocent calf that will also die. Rhinos have their horns sawed off.

The trade in animal products encourages poaching and animal slaughter for monetary gain. Elephant tusk, rhinoceros horn, and other animal products are sold throughout the world and this trade a major reason why these iconic animals are endangered. Our YES vote on Measure 100 will be a clear message that we won’t accept these products any more in Oregon. We don’t want Oregon to be an accomplice to the decimation of wildlife species across the planet.

Measure 100 will protect iconic animals. Measure 100 will protect elephants, rhinos, sharks, tigers, lions, pangolins, cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, rays, whales, and sea turtles by eliminating the motive for those seeking to profit off of them. All of these animals deserve our “yes” vote to help stop poaching and the illegal wildlife trade. Voting YES on Measure 100 is a small step we can all take to prevent heinous acts of brutality against already severely endangered animals.

When Oregonians vote YES on Measure 100 it will be a vote in support of wild animals to protect them from this needless suffering.

Sue A. Dougherty, DVM

Jeff Nickel, DVM

Sally Jepson, DVM

Katie Bahr, DVM

(This information furnished by Kristin Leppert, Campaign Director, Save Endangered Animals Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International Urge a YES Vote on Measure 100 to Save Endangered Animals from Illegal Killings and Criminal Trafficking.

Measure 100 is a local solution to a global conservation challenge.

The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion dollar global industry that affects millions of animals and communities around the world. Majestic wild species like sea turtles, elephants, leopards and other animals are killed in massive numbers and suffer from horrific cruelty. Poachers brutally kill the elephants and harvest their tusks, sometimes when the animals are still alive, to make them into ivory trinkets. All seven sea turtle species are threatened with extinction.

Animals are not the only casualty in the global poaching and trafficking epidemic. Tens of thousands of wildlife rangers have been killed, tearing apart families and weakening the social and economic foundation of the vulnerable communities. Criminal syndicates profit from trafficking of endangered species products and undermine the rule of law. Market demand drives the killings of iconic animals and provides an incentive for wildlife trafficking.

Elephant ivory of dubious origins and other endangered species products have been found for sale in Oregon. Measure 100 will stop those sales, and ensures that Oregon does not contribute to the illegal wildlife trade.

Measure 100 aligns with national and international conservation measures.

Wildlife smugglers exploit insufficient enforcement control so that they can launder illicit wildlife products into the marketplace. State-based measures are a critical tool to close the gaps that international and federal authorities do not have the capacity to address.

By voting yes on Measure 100, Oregon will join the other Pacific States including Washington, California and Hawaii in adopting laws to close their markets to endangered species products. Numerous countries, including China and France, are taking steps to halt their domestic ivory trade.

Measure 100 is Oregon’s opportunity to join the national and international conservation efforts to save some of the earth’s rarest species.

(This information furnished by Iris Ho, Humane Society International.)


Argument in Favor

The world is watching – please vote YES on Measure 100

As an animal law attorney, I’ve been working to help combat illegal poaching in Kenya. I’ve sat down with prosecutors, judges, and anti-poaching rangers in Kenya to ask them how we can assist and support their efforts on the ground. Their message is clear: Every jurisdiction around the world must stop the selling of wildlife products if we want to save these animals.

People around the world are risking their lives daily and dying to protect wildlife. Oregonians don’t want markets for trinkets made from endangered animals like elephants and rhinos. Your role may not be to defend rhinos on foot 24/7 against armed and violent poachers, but you do have a part to play. Shut down the market for these products in Oregon.

What happens in Oregon will have ripple effects in places as far away as Kenya. Wildlife managers in Kenya depend on ecotourism to fund protection of the continent’s rare and majestic wildlife. Unlike sport hunting, ecotourism does not require the death of these animals. Ecotourism grows communities and builds their capacity in ways sport-hunting can’t. Ecotourism also reflects the values of the majority of the world's citizens (and Oregonians) who desire to live on a planet where elephants and lions aren’t hunted or poached to extinction.

Voting YES on Measure 100 supports growing African economies and communities by shutting down the market for illegal wildlife products and allowing ecotourism to flourish.

Jim Karani, attorney and Legal Affairs Manager, WildlifeDirect (Kenya-based)

(This information furnished by Kristin Leppert, Campaign Director, Save Endangered Animals Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Zoos and aquariums urge a YES vote on Measure 100

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and its 233 U.S. and international member institutions work with public and private partners to conserve wildlife in the United States and around the world. Measure 100 would combat wildlife trafficking in Oregon. States need to act to limit the trade of wildlife parts and products that results in the slaughter of wildlife. With the passage of Measure 100, Oregon would join Washington, California and other states that are cracking down on the illegal wildlife trade. The AZA is proud to join with its Oregon members to advance this important cause.

Kristin L. Vehrs, Interim President & CEO, (AZA) Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Animal conservation and protection is a fundamental part of our mission at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Our oceans, and their inhabitants, face a variety of threats – acidification, warming waters, epic amounts of pollution, and others. But the issue of wildlife trafficking is one with clear and obvious solutions. A YES vote on Measure 100 is vital to the survival of endangered animals like sea turtles, sharks and rays, and our oceans as we know them.

Carrie E. Lewis, President / CEO, Oregon Coast Aquarium

We at the Oregon Zoo Foundation have pledged our allegiance to supporting the mission of the Oregon Zoo – creating a better future for wildlife. Each day, on average, 96 elephants in Africa are killed for their ivory – that’s one elephant every 15 minutes. More than 1,300 rhinos were poached for their horns in 2015. Additionally, one in four shark and ray species have been overhunted nearly to extinction. A YES vote on Measure 100 would help to protect these and other species from extinction by removing the economic incentives to sell their body parts and products within our state.

Robert Maloney, Oregon Zoo Foundation

Please read the complete statements, and others, at www.saveanimalsoregon.com

(This information furnished by Kristin Leppert, Campaign Director, Save Endangered Animals Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Many of Earth’s most iconic species – such as elephants, rhinos and sea turtles – are at risk of extinction due to rampant killing. Experts estimate one African elephant is poached for its ivory tusks every 15 minutes. Scientific research indicates that unless we take stronger action to protect Earth’s endangered animals, as many as 50 percent of all living species could become extinct by 2050.

A proven way to save animals from extinction is to enact and then enforce stronger laws to curtail wildlife trafficking. While the U.S. recently announced a federal ban on interstate ivory trade, it’s up to individual states to provide local law enforcement with the tools to stop the trade from entering their ports and within their borders.

Last year, I helped organize the successful passage of Initiative 1401 in Washington state, which enacted a ban on the sale of products sourced from 10 highly endangered animals such as lions, cheetahs and leopards. Earlier this year, we also worked with legislators in Hawaii to enact a similar law protecting 17 endangered animals. California, New York and New Jersey have also passed very similar legislation to ban ivory products.

It’s time for Oregon to stave off the threat of extinction by protecting critically threatened or endangered species from poaching, cruelty and harvesting for decorative uses. A “yes” vote for Measure 100 will close Oregon’s existing markets for endangered animal products.

Join me in protecting some of Earth’s most iconic species from extinction so we can pass along a healthy, diverse planet to future generations.

Thank you,

Paul G. Allen

(This information furnished by Paul G. Allen.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon Humane Society supports saving endangered wildlife from extinction and cruelty!

We say YES to Ballot Measure 100!

In 2014 the Oregon Legislature declared that animals are “capable of experiencing pain, stress and fear” and “should be cared for in ways that minimize pain, stress, fear and suffering.” This bold proclamation solidifies and illustrates the high regard Oregonians have for all animals. This declaration doesn’t exclude certain species, nor does it neglect animals located outside of Oregon’s borders.

Voting Yes on Measure 100 will help save endangered animals from extinction and cruelty. Poachers have adopted a new and extremely damaging technique that involves poisoning watering holes with cyanide. In 2013 at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, visitors discovered a gruesome massacre of over 300 elephants and countless other animals. Dead elephants with their tusks removed were found a few yards from a watering hole alongside the bodies of their young calves. After feeding on the poisoned elephant carcasses, lions, hyenas, vultures, and other scavengers became additional casualties of the massacre. Antelope and water buffalo that relied on the watering hole in the arid climate also fell victim to the cyanide laced water. A yes vote on Measure 100 will diminish the market for trinkets that causes the senseless slaughter of numerous species.

Organized crime has capitalized on the lucrative industry that is riddled with loopholes and enforcement shortcomings. Like almost all other offenses involving animals, wildlife trafficking is linked to other black market crimes, like drugs, human trafficking, and firearms. Oregon should do its part to end the illegal trade of wildlife parts.

Removing the demand in Oregon is an important step towards rendering cruel and inhumane practices obsolete.

Please vote YES on Measure 100.

(This information furnished by Sharon Harmon, Executive Director.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon faith leaders urge a YES vote on Measure 100

I join with 11 million other United Methodists worldwide, to protest the exploitation of wildlife which compromises biodiversity and threatens the fragile ecosystems of our planet. We recognize that “All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it.” Several products and parts of imperiled species are currently sold within the state of Oregon. We have no time to waste if we are to save these endangered species. God has given us an amazing planet, full of diverse creatures we are called to honor, respect and protect. If we fail to do this, we will diminish ourselves and harm the earth to the detriment of generations yet to come.

Rev. Donna M. Pritchard, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Portland Oregon

As Unitarian Universalists, we honor the “Interdependent web of existence of which we are a part.” That web includes all of creation and the amazing diversity of species, including so many that are in critical danger of extinction. It is difficult to imagine a world without these amazing creatures and we should do what we can to keep them from becoming extinct. And as part of that interdependent web we owe it to them to help them be sustained. I support Measure 100 and encourage all voters to join me.

Rev. Thomas Disrud, Associate Minister, First Unitarian Church of Portland

Please read the complete statements, and others, in support of Measure 100 at www.saveanimalsoregon.com.

(This information furnished by Kristin Leppert, Campaign Director, Save Endangered Animals Oregon.)