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Lacey Act Overview

Lacey Act

The Lacey Act was enacted in the United States in 1900. The Act was introduced by John Lacey, an Iowa representative. The Lacey Act was meant to protect nature through criminal penalties which cover many violations of the Act. The Lacey Act prohibits the sale of wildlife, including plants which have been illegally obtained. The Act was signed into law by President McKinley. In fact, McKinley thought it important to protect wildlife.

Hunters must adhere to the Lacey Act, as it protects a wide range of wildlife. First, hunters should not disturb plants when they can avoid it, especially on protected land, such as National parks. They must not remove plants or injure plants as they travel through the woods.

In addition, hunters must only hunt the species that they are permitted to hunt. For example those that have a duck hunting permit, must not bother, disturb , injure or kill another animal, such as a deer. In addition, if a hunter is hunting deer, they must follow the regulations that apply to the size and gender of the deer that they are allowed to hunt.

The Lacey act has implemented many rules and regulations which protect wildlife. The goal was to have everyone be able to enjoy nature, while protecting the fragile ecosystem. If those that utilize the land respect the land, it will be better utilized by future generations, including future hunters.

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