Update: here is a story about smuggled jaguar pelts.
Keep up the good work South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
(l) Penalties Any person who, with intent to conceal the information given thereby or contained therein, defaces, destroys, removes, alters, covers, obscures, or obliterates any mark required under the provisions of this chapter shall—
(1) upon conviction for the first violation of this subsection, be fined not more than $100,000, or imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both; and
Normally, I would not point this out. It is not my intent to get anyone into trouble. On the other hand, the story is already in the local paper. Also, I think this shows some of the craziness that surrounds the marking laws. On the one hand, the recipient of this item is not purchaser and likely does not care in the least where it comes from. If the recipient does care, he or she would not have been able to influence the purchase decision, so the marking is irrelevant. But, it is clearly not irrelevant, because the Missouri officials were so worried about being embarrassed that they removed the marking.(2) upon conviction for the second or any subsequent violation of this subsection, be fined not more than $250,000, or imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both.
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