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Old 05-07-2019, 06:06 PM   #1
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Default Seal skin sporran. Can you sell in the USA?

I have a great seal skin sporran that I have had for over 30 years. I was wondering if it is ok to sell it in the states? I really don't want PETA after me.
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Old 05-07-2019, 09:37 PM   #2
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Default Re: Seal skin sporran. Can you sell in the USA?

Since PETA is not part of the Department of Justice, nor is it an agency or institution which is charged with, or its primary role is the enforcement of law, I believe that you are safe.

As for whether it is against the law, I am not sure.

I would guess that a Fish and Wildlife Commission Officer (Game Warden) would know the answer to that one, as it would most likely be in their purview.

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Old 05-08-2019, 11:45 AM   #3
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Default Re: Seal skin sporran. Can you sell in the USA?

If the sporran is already in the USA you can sell it within the USA....not sure about international sales outside of the USA.


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Old 05-08-2019, 06:32 PM   #4
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Default Re: Seal skin sporran. Can you sell in the USA?

I found this online:

Can you resell a vintage seal fur in the United States?

Short answer: No.

In the US, fur seal hunting is specifically banned with, again, exceptions for indigenous people. So no new furs are being produced.

The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 followed this up with further protections prohibiting the “transport, purchase, sale, or offer to sell any marine animal, including parts and products.” Fur is specifically defined as a part or product.

The Marine Mammal Protection Act is enforced with $100,000 minimum fines.


We saw this in action at a local Highland Games.

A shop from Scotland had some seal sporrans at their booth.

A guy was looking them over and asked the shop owner "are these real seal skin?"

"Oh yes!"

"Do you have any more of them?"

"Oh yes, there in our truck."

The guy then produced his badge and confiscated all of them.
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