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United States v. Cullen

ELR Citation: 37 ELR 20225
Nos. No. 06-0607, (2d Cir., 08/23/2007)

The Second Circuit affirmed an individual's conviction and sentence for knowingly importing exotic birds, African black sparrowhawks, into the United States in violation of the Wild Bird Conservation Act and for making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with regard to that importation. The court rejected the individual's claims that the Wild Bird Conservation Act does not apply to captive-bred birds. Nor is the Act unconstitutionally vague because it does not define the term personal pet. And the jury instructions given by the trial court were not erroneous.