The laws regarding the ownership/sale of animal parts are often unclear and are, at best, extremely confusing. Unfortunately even well intentioned infractions can land you with HUGE fines and criminal charges!
These laws were created to ensure a sustainable industry and to protect the lives of animals so please give them the respect they deserve. This is a digital age and any wildlife crime you commit leaves a papertrail. #CollectResponsibly
The exact laws vary by nation/state/province, but for Canadian collectors here are a few handy pointers:
-IT IS A CRIME to buy and sell North American migratory and predatory birds! Even personal ownership of these parts requires permits (if they even allow that). There are several dealers, especially in Quebec, who ignore these rules. Both the buyer and seller can face criminal charges/fines! Don’t believe any lies told to make a quick buck - there is a continental treaty.
-IT IS A CRIME in Ontario to buy and sell parts of any game animal that exists in our province. It doesn’t matter if the deer taxidermy (or any other antler/animal part) was shot in Quebec, Nova Scotia, etc - if the species is found in Ontario it is illegal. Antique stores are often ignorant or turn a blind eye, but these laws have been proven to reduce the rates of poaching.
-IT IS A CRIME to export any British Columbia wildlife without a provincial export permit! These permits can easily take a month to secure and can cost over $50. If BC vendors are shipping you local animal parts and you don’t receive a copy of the permit, you have likely just received smuggled (if not poached) goods. The penalties are severe. Demand an export permit!
-IT IS A CRIME to transport marine mammal parts between provinces without applying for a license. Even Inuit hunted items require specific documentation to be legally exported out of the north.
-IT CAN BE A CRIME to import or export animal parts across our national boundaries. All Canadian wildlife require permits and many of the world’s species fall under various restrictions/the CITES convention. Poaching is fueled primarily by buyers who turn a blind eye. Endangered/threatened species can die by your hands.