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Endangered species initiative qualifies for ballot

SALEM - An initiative petition that seeks to prohibit the sale of items made from 12 endangered species has qualified for the November general election ballot.

The IP 68 campaign turned in 151,544 signatures, and 113,121 were found valid, according to the Secretary of State's Office. The initiative needed 88,184 to qualify.

The measure would ban the sale or purchase of items made from the following animals: elephant, rhinoceros, whale, ray, lion, tiger, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, pangolin, sea turtle, and shark, except the spiny dogfish.

Certain antiques and musical instruments would be exempt from the law.

Violation of the law could result in a civil penalty of up to $6,500, along with seizure by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The chief sponsors for the initiative were Democrat U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Republican former state Senator Bruce Starr and Thomas M. Hughes of Hillsboro.

By Paris Achen
Portland Tribune Capital Bureau Reporter
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