Today’s victory is a step forward in the race against extinction. Thanks to the wisdom, compassion and determination of Washington voters, state authorities now have stronger tools to crack down on the illegal trade in endangered animal parts, which will help us save some of Earth’s most iconic creatures.

But our work is not done. Because even as we were casting our ballots to pass I-1401, poachers in Africa continued to kill elephants to harvest their tusks, and illegal fishing crews slaughtered countless sharks just for their fins. So our fight for a more humane planet continues. I-1401 is a model that other states can follow, and I hope they will.

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READING LIST

A Step Forward in the Race Against Extinction

By Paul G. Allen

Every Elephant Counts

By Paul G. Allen

Great Elephant Census Reveals Dramatic Declines in Populations

By Tony Banbury

The Ivory Game Debuts on Netflix

By Carole Tomko