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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Why Should U.S. Citizens Have to Comply with Foreign Laws

Kristina Alexander
Legislative Attorney

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee:

My name is Kristina Alexander. I am a Legislative Attorney with the Congressional Research Service. I am here to introduce the Lacey Act and explain its legislative history regarding the restriction on trade implants and animals taken in violation of foreign laws.

The Lacey Act was enacted in 1900 addressing imports of injurious species and wildlife trafficking between states. My testimony is limited to the wildlife trafficking provisions of the Lacey Act, which, generally speaking, make it a violation of federal law to buy or sell plants or animals that were taken or traded in violation of state, federal, tribal, or foreign law. More specifically, with regard to foreign law, the Lacey Act makes it unlawful to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce any fish, wildlife, or plant taken, possessed, transported or sold in violation of any foreign law.
1 In the case of plants, the underlying foreign law must protect or regulate plants.

Date of Report: July 17, 2013
Number of Pages: 5
Order Number: T-071713
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