Summary: This Washington initiative passed in 2000 made it a gross misdemeanor to capture an animal with a steel-jawed leghold trap, neck snare, or other body-gripping trap. The director of fish and wildlife could grant special circumstance exceptions. It is also unlawful to knowingly buy or sell an animal pelt trapped in this manner. It is also a gross misdemeanor to poison any animal using sodium fluoroacetate (Compound 1080) or sodium cyanide (violators lose trapping licenses).
Shall it be a gross misdemeanor to capture an animal with certain body-gripping traps, or to poison an animal with sodium fluoroacetate or sodium cyanide?
Filed on January 7, 2000 by Lisa A. Wathne of Seattle. 261.268 signatures were submitted and found sufficient. The measure was submitted to the voters at the November 7, 2000 general election and approved by the following vote: For – 1,315,903 Against – 1,093,587.
Link to 2000 Washington Voter's Pamphlet for November 7, 2000 general election that describes arguments for and against Initiative Measure 713 (page 8 of pamphlet) - https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/press_and_research/PreviousElections/documents/voters%27pamphlets/2000%20wa%20st.pdf