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Under the Lacey Act of 1900 (16 U.S.C. §§ 3371–3378), it is unlawful to import, export, sell, acquire, or purchase fish, wildlife or plants that are (1) protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or, (2) state law. This also includes their remains.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora lists TIGERS as endangered. This means that arguably, the tiger pelt is unlawful. Now, it may have been made when the tiger was not listed with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, however, that may be used as an affirmative defense
once/if the federal government seize the pelt and charge the possessor.
In summary, it is simply not a good idea
to do this, even if the pelt was made before the law came into place. This is because while one may have this affirmative defense, if charged, they would be cleared only after thousands of dollars and months of emotional worry. In my opinion, simply not worth the risk.
If it were me, I would void the purchase.
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