Wahkiakum County Eagle: Vote Yes On 1401
Thursday, October 15, 2015
We are honored to have earned the support of the Wahkaikum County Eagle!
“Initiative 1401: An international treaty called the “Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species” identifies many species of animals and plants that are at risk of extinction worldwide. The United States agreed to this treaty in the 1970s. Federal law makes it illegal to sell, import, or trade in endangered species listed by the treaty, or in parts or products made from animals that are listed as endangered (with some exceptions). Washington state law does not match the federal law. This measure would prohibit any person in Washington from selling, buying, trading, or distributing parts of certain endangered animal species, or products containing or made from those animals–elephants, rhinoceroses, tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks, and rays. It has exceptions, such as the sale or trade of existing antiques, or for products for museums or educational purposes. It would be one step in helping stop the extinction of valued animal species, and so, it’s worth a yes vote.”