What it does: Prohibits the purchase, sale and possession with intent to sell of items that are made with certain species of endangered animals. People who violate the measure are subject to civil penalties — no greater than $6,500 or twice the value of the animal part or product, whichever is greater. The animals include elephant, rhino, whale, tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, pangolin, sea turtle, and shark, with the exception of the spiny dogfish.
Endorsements for: A litany of wildlife advocates have voiced support for the measure, as has U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Portland. Proponents say that prohibiting the sale of such products will “shut down” the market in Oregon for illegal trafficking in wildlife products, although the practice is already illegal under federal law.
Endorsements against: No arguments in opposition to the measure were filed with the Oregon Secretary of State’s voters’ pamphlet as of Sept. 30, although the National Rifle Association had voiced some consternation about banning the possession or sale of revolvers that have ivory handles when a similar bill was before the Washington Legislature last year. The Oregon measure has exceptions for certain items that are 100 years old or older, provided that the total weight of the animal part is no greater than 200 grams.