Is Rhinoceros Skin Legal?


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Skunkabilly
January 3, 2003, 10:19 PM
I want a rhino skin belt and holster. Are these legal?

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Schuey2002
January 3, 2003, 10:24 PM
I doubt it. :scrutiny: :)

Soap
January 3, 2003, 10:27 PM
If you actually do have one, do you think its even remotely possible that someone will spot your Tactical Rhino belt and turn you in?

Greg L
January 3, 2003, 10:30 PM
Probably not legal, however as mentioned if you already managed to sneak it in from your recent foreign adventures I doubt if anyone will call you on it.

Greg

Mastrogiacomo
January 3, 2003, 10:38 PM
They shouldn't be legal. I hate it when animals are killed for their skin, fur or their horns -- or just for the Hell of it. I'd love to shoot the people that kill the endangered animals just to make a buck...:(

Skunkabilly
January 3, 2003, 10:40 PM
They shouldn't be legal. I hate it when animals are killed for their skin, fur or their horns -- or just for the Hell of it. I'd love to shoot the people that kill the endangered animals just to make a buck...

Who said anything about killing just for the skin? I'll eat it, too.

Problem with acquiring overseas is trying to talk Tony Kanaley into making it for me :D

Mastrogiacomo
January 3, 2003, 10:46 PM
Well great if you do like Native Americans:D but unfortunatley, I don't see people lining up to eat Harp seal pups, elephants and other poor bastards that get it just to make a profit...:uhoh:

Preacherman
January 4, 2003, 01:36 AM
Bear in mind that these animals are not targets for trophy hunters, most of the time - in Africa, rhinoceros are the single most protected animal of all! In South Africa, several dozen a year are killed because they've gone rogue and must be shot to protect people and/or other animals, or are injured by predators and put down by rangers to end their suffering, or for some other good reason. They are fully utilized for the benefit of game conservation and local tribespeople. The skin is tanned into leather, and can be obtained in finished products or as leather if you are prepared to pay for shipping the stuff to the USA. I've brought some back with me as gifts before now. The same applies to elephant, buffalo, hippo, etc.

Skunk, if you really want some of this stuff, PM me and I'll see what I can find out from my contacts back in South Africa. I don't think there's any legal problem in bringing the stuff in, but you'll have to pay for shipping.

John Galt
January 4, 2003, 01:52 AM
I saw the funniest thing in a very old ad in (Harpers?) from a major high end retailer. It was for Monkey gloves or wallet, etc. Tough, soft, all that.

Can you imagine seeing such an ad today?!

TexasVet
January 4, 2003, 01:54 AM
Actually, in the rare places that elephant can be taken either by hunters or game wardens, the locals DO line up for the meat. It always gets eaten.

Mike Irwin
January 4, 2003, 03:04 AM
I'm pretty certain that rhino skin, being on the verge of extinction, can't be imported.

Don't know about skin that's been here for years.

para.2
January 4, 2003, 02:09 PM
Gosh, I hope so, I'd hate to see a bunch of naked rhinos running around the African veldt.:what:

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