Poaching is the illegal killing of wildlife, which is generally considered a criminal misdemeanor. Animals often are killed illegally for their meat, skin, or body parts. One of the driving forces of poaching is the worldwide trade of illegal animal parts, such as ivory and fur. Many animal parts also are sold for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Poaching is often done in connection with wildlife trafficking.
There are several federal laws governing the illegal killing of wildlife:
Many states, such as Idaho, Montana, and Alaska, have initiated anti-poaching programs. Under these programs, rewards are given to individuals who come forth with information about poachers. Over the past several years, many poachers have been caught under these anti-poaching programs. However, the inconsistency among state laws does allow some loop holes for the trading of illegal animal parts.
If you have been accused of poaching, an experienced criminal defense attorney can advise you of your legal rights and defenses, and ensure that you are given all the protections guaranteed by the law. A criminal defense lawyer also can represent you in court.
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