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Posted by Katrina on February 05, 2002 at 09:35:21:
In Reply to: CITES animals in US posted by Lexi on January 31, 2002 at 16:28:41:
It is perfectly legal to transport and own a CITES II animal in the US. Even green iguanas are CITES II. II just means that the exporting AND importing countries are monitoring the number of animals that cross the border, and anyone transporting such animals or their parts has to have the proper permits to take them in or out of a COUNTRY. Interstate travel is not monitored. However, if you can prove that an animal was obtained illegally (a dealer importing illegally obtained animals without the proper paperwork), then maybe US Fish and Wildlife could do something.
III means that the EXPORTING country is watching how many are leaving its country, but importing countries don't have to monitor the number.
CITES I animals are considered endangered and cannot be imported, exported, or cross state lines without proper permits. If you are finding CITES I animals in a store, you might consider calling US Fish and Wildlife to see if the store has the proper permits.
: I just want to make sure of something:
: If an Appendix I or II animal somehow ends up in an US pet store, nothing can be legally done unless the state the store is in has some sort of law against selling that animal right?