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15 November 2000 Issue

HSUS BALLOT INITIATIVE RESULTS - 2000
By humanelines@hsus.org

Overall, voters favored animal protection interests in a majority of the state ballot campaigns. Campaigns and Elections rated animal protection as the number one issue on statewide ballots! Read the results below (a star* denotes a victory for the animals):

ALASKA:
*Measure 1 -- (oppose) - FAILED (36% to 64%) - would have barred all citizen ballot initiatives relating to the protection of wildlife.
*Measure 6 - (support) - PASSED ( 53% to 47%) - will retain the prohibition of same-day airborne ("land-and-shoot") hunting of wolves, which Alaska voters banned in 1996.

ARIZONA:
* Prop102 - (oppose) - FAILED (38% to 62%) - would have required a two-thirds supermajority vote to approve any ballot initiative relating to the protection of wildlife.

MASSACHUSETTS:
Question 3 - (support) - FAILED (49% to 51%) - would have prohibited dog racing and meetings at which betting or wagering on dog racing occurs.

MONTANA:
* Initiative 143 - (support) - PASSED (52% to 48%) - will impose a moratorium on new game farm licenses and will ban "canned hunts."

NORTH DAKOTA:
Question 1 - (oppose) - PASSED (77% to 23%) - will create a new section of the North Dakota Constitution relating to the right to hunt, trap, and fish.

OREGON:
Measure 97 - (support) - FAILED (39% to 61%) - would have banned the use of steel-jawed leghold traps & other body-gripping traps for recreation and commerce in fur, and would have banned the use of Compound 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) and sodium cyanide.

VIRGINIA:
Question 2 - (oppose) - PASSED (60% to 40%) - will amend the Virginia Constitution to establish "a right to hunt, fish, and harvest game."

WASHINGTON:
* Initiative 713 - (support) - PASSED (54% to 46%) - will ban the use of steel-jawed leghold traps and other body-gripping traps for recreation and commerce in fur, and will ban the use of Compound 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) and sodium cyanide.

Animal-Friendly Candidates endorsed by HUMANE USA: HUMANE USA (see www.humaneusa.org), the non-partisan, political arm of the animal protection movement, endorsed many animal-friendly State and Federal political candidates. Of the 236 endorsed candidates for U.S. House and Senate candidate endorsements, over 95% were successfully elected to office! For election results nationwide, see http://www.politics1.com/votes.htm

For more information on legislation or how to find your legislators, and past HUMANElines, visit http://www.hsus.org or http://www.fund.org

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