Oregonians to vote on legality of ivory sales


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Activists are pushing bill to prohibit the sale of products made with ivory.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Activists are pushing bill to prohibit the sale of products made with ivory.

The measure would go even further, aiming to end the sale of products derived from a variety of endangered or heavily poached animals, including elephants, rhinos, lions, sea turtles and sharks. It comes as other states, and the federal government, look to end much of the legal market for ivory.

By making most ivory illegal to sell, the proponents hope to tamp down demand for exotic animal parts and discourage poaching in Africa and Asia. But critics say criminalizing the sale of parts from animals killed long ago will do nothing to stop the poachers responsible for the brutal killings of elephants and other animals today.

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