Company Legal Protocols for Accepting Wildlife Shipments

Moyle Mink and Tannery does not solicit or accept illegally taken wildlife. The following protocol is designed to ensure the legal operation of our business and protect all out client's furs/hides from seizure by state and federal wildlife agencies. Protecting our client's inventory is our top priority. The acceptance of any illicit or improperly shipped skins/hides can put everyone's furs/hides at risk. We hope you understand this protocol is in place for your protection, the protection of your client's furs/hides, and for the protection of our company. If you are using a tannery with no, or lax, receiving protocols you are putting your furs/hides at risk, even if your furs/hides are legal. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Qualified clients only:

Moyle Mink & Tannery, Inc. maintains the right to reject any shipment that fails to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • With the exception of professional taxidermists and licensed fur buyers/traders; MM&T does not accept hides/skins from individuals who did not personally harvest the animals. If you are not sure if you qualify for client status please contact our office and ask.

We accept skins/hides from:

  • Licensed Trappers/hunters
  • Licensed Fur buyers/traders
  • Professional Taxidermists
  • Native Americans with tribal I.D.
  • Ranchers of Domestic Animals (such as bison)
  • Government Wildlife Agencies (with supporting documentation)

LACEY ACT COMPLIANCE

The following information and statement is found on the back of our order form and the signed statement must accompany all orders or the shipment will be rejected.

The Lacey Act (16USC 3371-3378), is a federal law regulating the shipment of wildlife skins/furs in interstate commerce. In essence, the Lacey Act prohibits the shipment in interstate commerce of wildlife skins/hides that have been taken in violation of the laws of the sate of origin and the receipt and/or possession of any skin/hide so shipped. Moyle Mink and Tannery (MM&T) processes skins received directly from the owners thereof and on a subcontract basis for fur buyers, taxidermists, tanneries, collectors, or other third-party intermediaries, and cannot ascertain in any given instance whether or not a particular fur/skin has been taken in compliance with the laws of the state of origin. Therefore, it is MM&T company policy that the following signed statement shall accompany each shipment from all of our customers. Without a signed statement, the shipment will be rejected. (If more than one order form is used on a large shipment, each order form must be signed.)

I,________________________, representing________________________, hereby state that all skins/hides in the accompanying shipment as listed on the order form were received, documented and shipped in accordance with the laws of the state within which I or my company is domiciled. Moreover, to the best of my knowledge, each piece has been handled in accordance with the laws of its origin; including, but not limited to: the taking, tagging, sealing, tag retention, reporting and transportation of each fur/hide.

Signature__________________________Position____________________________Date______________________

The above protocol is designed to ensure the legal operation of our business and protect our client's furs/hides from seizure by state and federal wildlife agencies. Protecting our client's inventory is our top priority. The acceptance of illicit or improperly shipped skins/hides can put everyone's fur/hides at risk. We hope you understand this protocol is in place for your protection, the protection of your client's furs/hides, and the protection of our company. If you are using a tannery with no, or lax, receiving protocols, you are putting your furs/hides at risk even if your furs/hides are legal. We apologize for the inconvenience.

DO NOT REMOVE GOVERNMENT TAGS/SEALS

Moyle Mink & Tannery will reject furs/hides believed to be missing a required government tag or seal. You, the shipper, must know the laws of your state including which species require tags and/or seals for state export. Skins that have tags/seals attached that have been tampered with or tag/seals that are not attached to the hide will also be rejected.

  • Removing tags/seals may put your hides at risk even if it is legal for you to remove them. To be safe do not remove any tag/seal even if you are allowed to do so by the laws of your state.
  • Although your state may allow taxidermists to remove tags/seals, it may still be illegal to ship that raw skin out of your state without a tag/seal. In such cases where laws conflict the export clause takes precedence.
  • Some states may not require a tag for a specific species unless it is going to be shipped out of state raw. It is up to you, the shipper to know these details of wildlife law if you are going to be shipping raw furs/hides out of state.
  • If your state allows a tag to be removed for tanning or “processing” it does not mean it can be removed for shipment to a tannery: it can be removed only at the tannery.
  • Even if your state does not have tags/seals for one or more of the following, we recommend that you request CITES tags from US F&W and attach them to raw otter, bobcat, lynx and wolves for interstate shipment. This is your best insurance against wrongful seizure by law enforcement while your raw skins are in another state or transit.

Tag Damage: We understand taxidermist's concern that tags attached through the eye of a furbearer or Mt. Lion may damage the eye during processing. Therefore, if attached through the eye, MM&T will remove tags/seals from furbearers and Mt. Lions designated for taxidermy tanning at the time of processing. You will receive the tag back in an envelope with your tanned skin. Tags on pieces designated for Intact Fur Dressing will not be removed and will stay attached to the fur / hide.