A few weeks ago animal rights activists in Washington state successfully passed an initiative that not only bans the use of steel-jawed leg-hold traps, but also bans outright the sale of fur and certain poisons in the state. The Inland Northwest Wildlife Council is considering challenging the ban on fur and poison as unconstitutional. An initiative that Washington voters passed in 1999 was ruled unconstitutional because it tackled too many issues. The initiative approved this year went so far as to ban a poison, sodium fluoroacetate, which isn’t even registered in the state — anyone using it would be breaking the law already.
In Oklahoma, meanwhile, a petition drive calling for an initiative to ban cockfighting failed when the Oklahoma Gamefowl Breeders Association demonstrated that more than 40 percent of the petition signatures were invalid. By comparing the signatures on the petition to a statewide database of registered voters, a large percentage of the petition signatures were demonstrated to have been forged, registered more than once, or came from people not registered to vote in Oklahoma.
I-713 violates constitution, council says. Fenton Roskelley, The Spokesman-Review, November 15, 2000.
Invalid signatures prove need for reform, cockfighters claim. Brian Barber, TulsaWorld.Com, November 15, 2000.