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Association of Zoos and Aquariums Statement on Initiative 1401

Silver Spring, MD – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today released the following statement, noting the passage of Initiative 1401 in Washington state:

Yesterday, the voters of Washington State overwhelmingly supported Initiative 1401, a first-in-the-nation ban on the import of endangered species products into the state. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) was a proud supporter of I-1401 and is very pleased with the outcome.

A host of AZA member aquariums and zoos from around the country stood with the four AZA facilities in Washington in backing I-1401, all of whom are playing a leading role in supporting efforts to strengthen the protections for endangered species.

All AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos take pride in yesterday’s victory and look forward to supporting similar future efforts to ban poaching, illicit trafficking and the import of endangered species products like ivory, rhino horn and shark fins.

You can learn more about Initiative 1401 via AZA-accredited member Woodland Park Zoo’s information page here:

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and seven other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit

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