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Oregon group hopes to prevent sale of exotic animal parts with ballot measure

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There's a new effort to protect endangered animals and it could be going on next November's ballot.

Some of the world's most exotic animals are illegally hunted. A new local political group is working to make it illegal for the sale of some of those animals.

Those animals include parts from elephants, rhinos and lions.

The group, Save Endangered Animals Oregon, announced a plan to put together a ballot that would prevent the sale of some of those animal parts, like elephant tusks, in the state of Oregon. This is all a plan to save these animals.

U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer talked about how important the passing of a measure like this would be.

"This is a major source of resources for people who are creating national security problems for us. These are actions that are taking place around the globe," said Blumenauer.

To even qualify for an initiative on the ballot, they'll need more than 88,000 signatures.

If the measure does make it onto next year's ballot and is approved by voters, it would go in to effect on July 1, 2017.

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