Thursday, May 14, 2009
Yacht owner fined over endangered species contraband
Florida federal judge William Dimitrouleas fined the owner of a yacht $150,000 after the remains of dozens of endagered species were discovered on board. Federal agents found the remains of a zebra, African lion, elephant (hide and tusks), python, jaguar and more. NBC quotes U.S. District Attorney Alex Acosta as saying: "Personally, I think these items are rather creepy items and I would not want them in my house, but some people like them and are willing to buy them. The reason laws exist is because there is a market." According to the Miami Herald's article on the case, the zebra hide was being used to adorn a child's bed.