On behalf of the law firm, I would like to wish all of you a healthy, prosperous, and Happy Lunar New Year! We hope this year of the “Tieger” brings you good fortune. This post brings back a fun tradition for me.
In years past, I discuss a law that references the current year’s zodiac animal. For example, the post Can You Keep Chickens in Your Backyard? discussed Honolulu animal nuisance ordinances. So let’s talk about tigers and Hawaii law. “Tiger” that is the Panthera tigris, appears in one place (as far as I can see) in the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS). Specifically, HRS §183D-66 states that:
Wildlife trafficking; prohibited. (a) No person shall sell, offer to sell, purchase, trade, possess with intent to sell, or barter for any part or product from the following animal family, genus, or species: elephant (Elephantidae), rhinoceros (Rhinocerotidae), tiger (Panthera tigris), great ape (Hominoidea), hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), lion (Panthera leo), pangolin (Manis), cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), jaguar (Panthera onca), or leopard (Panthera pardus).
Yes, this Hawaii law is prohibiting the trafficking of illegal products. Specifically, goods made from animals protected by various laws, such as the Endangered Species Act. Please do not trade in products made from these animals!
In fact, it may be better if you hunt down those business deals that are legal. Or if you are being pressured or harmed by predators, it may be best to get your own fierce defender to navigate the jungle of the legal system! As always, an attorney can advise you the formalities and represent you in both opportune matters or challenging times!
I, on behalf of Hew & Bordenave, wish our loved ones, team, clients, and followers the courage, fortitude, and determination to meet this year’s challenges, and to prosper throughout 2022! Happy Lunar New Year!
P.S. I have no idea what I will do for the Year of the Dragon.
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