Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has donated $339,000 to kick-start his initiative that would create new state criminal penalties for persons trafficking in body parts of endangered species.

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Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen has donated $339,000 to kick-start his initiative that would create new state criminal penalties for persons trafficking in body parts of elephants, cheetahs and certain other endangered species.

Allen launched Initiative 1401 last month. It would ban trafficking in body parts derived from 10 frequently poached endangered species: elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, marine turtle, shark, ray and the pangolin — also known as the scaly anteater. Allen so far is the only major donor to the effort.

Allen’s initial financial contribution to the effort showed up this week in filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission.

His efforts include $268,000 in cash contributions as well as about $71,000 worth of polling and staff time at Vulcan, Allen’s real-estate company. The campaign reported spending about $150,000 on paid signature gathering in April.

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