From now until Election Day, November 3rd, Washington State voters will have the chance to support an important measure that would safeguard a wide range of species from illegal wildlife trade.
We have all heard how rampant poaching threatens elephants and rhinos, but Ballot Initiative 1401 would also help to protect other animals including lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, marine turtles, pangolins, sharks and rays. By restricting sales of skins, horns, and other wildlife products, and by cracking down on trafficking, I-1401 would effectively make Washington off-limits for illicit commerce.
If you’re a Washington voter, we urge you to vote YES on I-1401!
Washingtonians received their ballots in the mail on October 16th. If yours wasn’t delivered, or if you need to register to vote, visit the state’s official elections website at https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/. You can return your ballot by mail or at a designated local drop box.
So far there is reason to be optimistic for the success of I-1401, with polls showing strong support – but every vote counts, and opponents like the National Rifle Association are working to undermine our efforts around the country.
If Washington passes this measure, it would help to form a crucial bulwark along the west coast, as California recently passed a law to prevent trafficking in ivory and rhino horn. New York and New Jersey have done likewise, and the number of markets that poachers can exploit is getting smaller month by month, with citizens in Massachusetts, Oregon, and elsewhere lining up to help shut down illegal trade.
-PL[Sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, 290 Summer Street, Yarmouth Port, MA, in coordination with Save Animals Facing Extinction]
Article source: IFAW