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Ronn Lucas, Sr.
Legality of importing vintage taxidermy.
Posted 09 May 2018 - 10:44 PM
Posted 09 May 2018 - 11:38 PM
Check out the C.I.T.E.S. listings. They'll tell you what's legal. Any raptor (hawk, eagle, heron, ...) or song bird is clearly illegal in the U.S.
Posted 09 May 2018 - 11:50 PM
Posted 10 May 2018 - 12:09 AM
You will need to check the species status at CITES on the website is https://cites.org/
You can always send them an email to [email protected] with specific questions.
Basically, this is how it works:
If a species is listed as CITES l protected, you can not ship the animals (or their parts) across international boundaries.
CITES ll species and parts can be shipped internationally with proper CITES permits & documentation.
vendors that sell feathers and animal parts usually do not comply, and customs tends to overlook most of the packages anyhow.
I couldn't tell you if an antique or vintage mount is CITES protected, or not. You may have to contact CITES for the info, or you can simply take your chances if the seller is willing to ship.
I will tell you for a fact, that eBay tightened up the rules for listings of animal parts and taxidermy over the past couple years. Sellers are no longer permitted to sell feathers/parts/taxidermy of any CITES l listed species on eBay. It used to be OK within your country of residence, but they have since banned the sale of all CITES l completely on eBay. Sellers are permitted to sell feathers/parts/taxidermy of CITES ll, but are not permitted to ship them internationally anymore. eBay hooked up with an animal rights groups a couple years ago that helped write the rules & regulations. Also somewhere along the route, eBay has since partnered up with PETA to keep an eye on listings & photos to ID the species. They sometimes randomly do a hit and remove listings, including some that are perfectly legal. So it has become a crap shoot on eBay now that PETA is involved.
Posted 10 May 2018 - 12:49 PM
The other thing that would be easy enough to do would be to ask the seller to keep the birds you don't want or are concerned about their CiTES status. The display will likely need to be taken apart for packaging in any event. If you want the display as a display, this won't work. But if you are after some particular parts of the display, just have those birds shipped and let the owner keep the rest. Or, arrange to send the rest to a tier that resides within the EU.
While Victorian taxidermy displays should be exempt from shipping restrictions, they typically do not have paperwork and US customs is not noted for taking anyone's word for the age of those old displays even when it is obvious.
Do be cautious about the condition of the birds. Many old displays have suffered damage over the past hundred or so years! And even if the bugs and vermin have been kept at bay, the feathers can be pretty fragile just from age.
Posted 10 May 2018 - 01:14 PM