Huffington Post: Why I-1401 Will Make a Real Difference in the Race Against Extinction

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Dr. Sam Wasser is a hero in the fight against the Extinction Economy and has been a great advocate in support of Initiative 1401. Check out his column today in the Huffington Post:

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has seized more than 50 shipments of elephant products in Washington State since 2010. Products made from other endangered animals have been seized here as well. Passing I-1401 will make a real difference right here in our own state. Enforcement of our current laws has been limited, partly because existing penalties are so weak. If we strengthen our laws and increase enforcement efforts, we can close our borders to this illegal and inhumane trade.┬áBut I-1401 is not just about stopping the illegal wildlife trade in Washington. It is about sending a strong message to the rest of the country, and for that matter the world, that trafficking in these products is a serious crime, causing irreversible damage to our environment, and our citizens want no part in that.”


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