IFAW Statement on Oregon Ivory Ban
Jeffrey Flocken, North American Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act (Measure 100) in Oregon, which prohibits the sale of parts and products of 12 types of imperiled wildlife in the state:
“Oregon followed the right trail passing the Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act. Elephants, rhinos and many other species are facing unprecedented poaching levels that are driving them towards extinction. These animals are being viciously killed to supply markets with products that no one needs or should deem to be of value.
By prohibiting the sale of these wildlife products, Oregon completes the 1,300-mile bulwark of West coast states against wildlife traffickers. Its neighbors to the north and south, California and Washington, both passed legislation last year to restrict the trade of endangered species products within their borders. Hawaii passed a similar ban earlier this year.
The more states that enact this kind of legislation, the fewer places wildlife can be smuggled and sold. The fewer places wildlife parts are sold, the less consumer demand is triggered, which in turn reduces poaching.
Thank you to the groups we worked with in Oregon and the hundreds of volunteers who made this possible.”
IFAW worked with Save Endangered Animals Oregon, a coalition of animal conservation groups both large and small to get Measure 100 on the ballot and passed by Oregon citizens. To learn more about IFAW’s efforts to stop wildlife trafficking, please visit: http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/fighting-wildlife-trade
About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.