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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 expose a violator to imprisonment and fines.

In addition, Fish and Wildlife police officers and ex officio police officers may seize articles they have probable cause to believe have been held with intent to violate or used in violation of the law. The seized property is forfeited to the state.



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9th of December, 2016

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