Some souvenirs you buy overseas could end up costing a lot
more than you paid for them.
If you were on a trip overseas and bought one of these
souvenirs, which one would be confiscated (taken away) by
customs officers upon your return?
- an alligator wallet
- zebra rug
- black coral earrings
- a volcano rock
Going abroad? Think twice about the things you buy. If
they're made from the hides, shells, feathers, or teeth of
endangered species&endash;and it's quite possible that they
are&endash;you risk their seizure by government inspectors
and may face a substantial fine.
Seemingly innocuous products made from tortoise shell,
coral, ivory, and reptile skin, for example, are available
in market places all over the world. But just because
wildlife items are on sale in another country does not
necessarily mean that they are legal to import ot the United
States. Travelers don't realize that several U.S. laws and
an international treaty make it a crime to bring many of
these wildlife souvenirs into our country.
How much do you know about buying any wildlife overseas?
If you are considering the purchase of a live animal or
plant or a product made from one, you should take this
Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois
Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by
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North Central Regional
Technology in Education Consortium based at the
Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Created: July, 1997