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  1. What is the Washington Animal Trafficking Act?
    The Washington Animal Trafficking Act (WATA) makes it illegal to traffic in animal parts or products from certain international endangered animals. The law makes it a crime to buy, sell, trade, or otherwise distribute these items.
  2. What is wildlife trafficking?
    Wildlife trafficking -- the illegal trade of animal products -- is pushing numerous species to extinction around the world. This multi-billion dollar international black market involves indigenous species from many nations, including the United States. In response, President Obama created a tas ...
  3. What is WDFW's role in protecting exotic species?
    WDFW Police is the primary enforcer of this new law, which represents a significant new responsibility for the agency. The department has detectives that specialize in investigating illegal trade in local natural resources, and officers have a presence at border crossings and marine and air por ...
  4. When did WATA take effect?
    The statute went into effect in 2015.
  5. What animals (and their parts) cannot be bought, sold, or traded under the new law?
    The law only covers particular species of elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, lion, cheetah, pangolin, marine turtle, shark, or ray listed as endangered in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendices I and II or the International Union for Con ...
  6. What are the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List?
    - The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments. The goal is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. CITES maintains a list of end ...
  7. Is the Washington Animal Trafficking Act the only law that addresses the illicit trade in fish and wildlife?
    In addition to federal law, other state laws already exist that criminalize illegal poaching and trade. Other state laws include: - RCW 77.15.265, which prohibits the possession of fish, shellfish, or wildlife poached in a jurisdiction outside of Washington; - RCW 77.15.770, which prohibits the ...
  8. What are some examples of animal parts that might be protected under the Washington Animal Trafficking Act?
    Some examples include elephant tusk -- or ivory -- rhinoceros horn, lion skin, and mounted hunting trophies of tiger, lion, leopard, or cheetah.
  9. Can I give away (or receive) an animal part protected under the law as a gift?
    Not unless it falls under the antique or inheritance exceptions or one of the other exceptions discussed within this FAQ.
  10. What is the musical instrument exception?
    If a musical instrument contains an animal part that is less than 15 percent by volume of the instrument, the transfer of the instrument is not prohibited.
  11. Can I buy or sell antiques?
    The law has an exception for antiques that are at least 100 years old (the owner must provide proof with historical documentation) and the animal part is less than 15 percent by volume of the antique.
  12. Can I leave an animal part protected under the law to someone in my will, or can I inherit it?
    Yes, if the animal product is transferred to a legal beneficiary through inheritance upon death.
  13. Can I give an animal part protected under the law to a museum or college?
    Yes, if the animal product is transferred for educational or scientific purposes.
  14. What are the penalties for breaking the Washington Animal Trafficking Act?
    A person who commits Unlawful Trafficking in Species Threatened with Extinction in the First Degree may be charged with a Class C felony; a person committing Unlawful Trafficking in Species Threatened with Extinction in the Second Degree may be charged with a gross misdemeanor. Both crimes can ...
  15. Where can I learn more about the Washington Animal Trafficking Act?
    The Washington Animal Trafficking Act is codified at RCW 77.15.135, as well as a few other sections of that chapter.