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Old 09-08-2003, 04:45 PM
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As long as the feathers from your friends Parrots are legal, captive birds, you would not have any trouble within the US. CITES governs the shipment into or out of a country. Documentation is key here. If you had a real aggressive agent of the fish & game department and he/she demanded documentation for pre ban materials, you could have trouble w/o the docs.

In the US, it is illegal to take birds from the wild other than a few upland gamebirds and some waterfowl. Sale of these feathers is ok as long as it is for flytying.

Awhile back, I had a talk with someone who worked in one of the game farms where they had among other things, some Owls and Hawks. I asked if the feathers would be available and the answer was something like this. They could NOT give or sell ANY feathers from domestic raptors but COULD give or sell feathers off their raptors from other countries. They have the required permits to have the birds from other countries so they can bring them in. You could NOT bring in feathers from the same birds.

The CITES stuff is very hard to pin down on certain things. Ivory for example is banned but if you have pre ban ivory it is fine (with documentation). Proving age is the key. Even legal ivory is banned from shipping between states to sell. It is fine to sell within the state. Walrus ivory is illegal unless it is pre ban OR if Eskimo natives have made it into craft items. Eskimos can also harvest a few Polar Bears and use the fur for craft items and sell them.

Some rare Pheasant breeds are legal to sell alive between states but certain ones are illegal if they are dead!

Generally I think you would be fine with the feathers you mentioned as long as you were not sending them into or out of the states.

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Old 09-12-2003, 07:37 AM
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Here is an interesting article on the matter:

I have spent hours reading the articles on this site, there is ALOT of great info..
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