Anonymous sent: hi. whats wrong with selling birds of prey skulls? i really only admire others collections but i want to know about laws and regulations in case i ever started my own.
This is mainly for USA, as for every where else, Euroland, UKland, AsiaWorld, etc, I don’t know theirs.
They are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. There’s also a Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
Basically people used to kill the shit out of birds for pretty feathers for hats and other useless ornamental things. Eventually people realized that we can’t kill whatever we wanted at endless quantities so the people that did care got together and boom, MBTA was founded, yay! Sing you beautiful feathery bastards! Shit on all the cars! Woo!
Here’s a link to the Treaty and here’s a list of the protected Birds, that list also protects the subspecies. Some more Linkies for legal info for CITES and other good shit.
For example, Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis. Also covers the subspecies of Sandhills - the Florida, Georgia, and Cuba Sandhill Crane.
Penalties for violations of the MBTA can reach $15,000 and six months imprisonment for common violations. The sale or barter of migratory birds is a felony with penalties up to $500,000 and two years imprisonment. Some raptors are also protected under the Endangered Species Act, and both the Bald and Golden Eagles are also protected under the Eagle Act. A violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Act can result in a fine of $100,000 ($200,000 for organizations), imprisonment for one year, or both, for a first offense. Penalties increase substantially for additional offenses, and a second violation of this Act is a felony.
So yeah, it can be some messy shit so whenever someone’s like ‘oh hey look, I found this dead owl’ tell them to put that shit back right where they found it. It’s a waste yes, but it is the law to protect them from people who do mean to do them harm for personal gain. Same with feathers, they’re pretty, it’s painful, but you should just walk away cause you can’t really tell if you really found them on the ground or shot and plucked them like a fall turkey. Nest, eggs, etc are protected as well. If you get a thrill off things of questionable legalities, then that’s your thing, a kind of thing that should remain as secretive as the kinky German dungeon porn you have stashed under your bed right now.
As for going the legal route , you’re better off playing the lottery cause the permits Fish and Game give out are mainly for educational facilities, etc. Native American tribes even have a shit ton of paper work and hope their number is called when getting bird of prey feathers for tribal use.
So all in all, I really hope you choose what your good conscious whispers in your ear as it caresses your inner thigh, cause no one else has control over your choices but you. I put my faith in you.
Some more Linkies on The Green Wolf’s law page including birds and local state laws on other critters, great for beginners as well as senior collectors.