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Office of the Washington State Attorney General

Two people who allegedly placed online ads to sell elephant ivory carvings are the first to be charged under wildlife trafficking laws passed by Pacific Northwest voters a few years ago.

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon voters may get the chance to ban the sale of items made from certain wildlife species this November. Backers of an initiative that would do just that submitted signatures Thursday in an attempt to get their measure on the November ballot.

Phyllis Fletcher / NW News Network

By a wide margin, Washington voters have enacted a state law banning the trade in elephant ivory, rhino horns and certain other endangered wildlife parts. Initiative 1401 is passing with more than 70 percent of the vote in favor statewide.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Commercial imports of elephant ivory have been banned by federal and international law for decades. But now wildlife activists are pressing West Coast states to pass their own laws to deter the poaching of elephants and rhinos.

Oregon Bill Would Ban Ivory Sales

Mar 16, 2015
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Federal law generally prohibits the import of ivory, but it's legal to sell domestically if the ivory was harvested before 1976.