Illegal Importation Of South African Leopard Hides And Skulls

Leopard hide. Photo credit: Fish and Wildlife Service

ILLEGAL IMPORTATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN LEOPARD HIDES AND SKULLS

United States v. Wayne Breitag et al., (D.S.D.):  Breitag, a U.S. hunter and Jan Groenewald Swart, a South African guide, illegally imported five illegal South African taken leopard hides and three leopard skulls into the United States.  Breitag was convicted of smuggling and Lacey Act violations and sentenced to serve six months’ home confinement and to pay a $20,000 fine.  His sentence includes three years’ supervised release during which he is barred from hunting or being with anyone who is hunting.  He also will forfeit the hide.  His co-defendant, Swart, served an 18-month prison sentence, and was deported upon his release. www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/February/10-enrd-116.html
Updated April 15, 2015