Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Florida man gets probation in Alabama turtle smuggling case

The AP reports at al.com that a Bonifay Florida man was sentenced by a federal judge to three years on probation after pleading guilty to smuggling endangered Alabama red-belly turtles across a state line. The man entered a guilty plea to a charge of violating the Lacey Act and a misdemeanor count of violating the Endangered Species Act.

The Lacey Act, 16 U.S.C. §§ 3371-3378, protects both plants and wildlife by creating civil and criminal penalties for a wide array of violations. For an overview, check out this link at Michigan State University Law School's Animal Legal & Historical Center.

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