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The Lacey Act of 1900
Stephanie Brien 6th hour

-The Lacey Act was introduced by Iowa Congressman John Lacey in the spring of 1900
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-It was signed by President William McKinely on May 25, 1900

-The Act protects plants and wildlife by creating penalties for those who violate the rules and regulations.

-It prohibits trade in fish, wildlife, and plants that have been illegally taken, possessed, transported, or sold.

-It authorizes the Secretary of Interior to aid in restoring game and birds in parts of the U.S. where they have become extinct or rare. It also regulates introduction of birds and other animals to places where they have never existed before.

-The Lacey Act has been amended on many ocassions.

-One of the amendments increased the penalty charge to $10,000.

- It was amended in 2008 to combat illegal logging and to prohibit commerce of plants that were taken or traded illegally.


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Lacey Act
MaddySinkovich 3rd Block

· The Lacey Act protects both plants and wildlife by creating civil and criminal penalties for a wide array of violations.
· The Act underscores other federal, state, and foreign laws protecting wildlife by making it a separate offense to take, possess, transport, or sell wildlife that has been taken in violation of those laws
· The Lacey Act was first introduced by Iowa Congressman John Lacey in the House of Representatives in the spring of 1900.
· The law was signed into law by President William McKinley on May 25, 1900 and is still in effect, although it has been amended several times
· It was the first federal law protecting wildlife, although today it is primarily used to prevent the importation or spread of potentially dangerous non-native species.


· The Lacey Act has been amended several times since its inception in 1900.
· The most significant ones occurred in 1969, 1981, and 1988.
· The 1969 amendments expanded to include amphibians, reptiles, mollusks, and crustaceans.
· The maximum penalty was increased to $10,000 with possible imprisonment for one year.
· The mental state required for a criminal violation was increased to "knowingly and willfully;" civil penalties were expanded to apply to negligent violations.


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