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Taking on the new market hunters

California wardens launch offensive against black-market trade in abalone and sturgeon.

Updated: August 4, 2006, 11:10 AM ET
By James A. Swan, Ph.D. | Author of "In Defense of Hunting"

Market hunting is long gone, thanks to Teddy Roosevelt, right?

Wrong.

That was the old market hunting, in which people openly shot wild game for food, hides, horns, feathers and, in the case of buffalo, maybe just tongues.

The original Lacey Act of 1900, subsequent amendments and the establishment of state wildlife agencies stopped open market hunting more than a century ago.

The new market hunting — illegal black-market trading in fish, wildlife and plants — ...

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