- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A Microsoft co-founder has donated $390,000 to start his initiative that would create new state criminal penalties for persons trafficking in body parts of endangered species.

The Seattle Times reports (https://bit.ly/1Fjm5Bd ) that billionaire Paul Allen’s Initiative 1401, launched last month, would ban trafficking in body parts from 10 frequently poached endangered species: elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, marine turtle, shark, ray, and pangolin - also known as the scaly anteater.

Allen is the only major donor to the effort so far.

The initiative must submit 246,372 signatures from registered Washington voters by July 2 to qualify for the November ballot.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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