During the McKinley administration, a well intentioned piece of legislation, the Lacey Act, was passed to prevent protected wildlife from illegal interstate and international trafficking of what had become popular in culture at the turn of the 20th century namely decorative feathers, tortoise shells, and other products derived from unique species of wildlife. [...] knowing the specifics of how the Lacey Act functions, which by reference incorporates environmental protection laws from around the world, including CITES (a worldwide governing regulation that Lacey Act enforces in this country, alongside the Endangered Species Act), it becomes almost impossible to fully comply in with the Lacey Act despite good faith efforts.
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