Alaska Wildlife Troopers (AWT) have submitted proposal 49 tothe Board of Game.(BOG)
This proposal which I have added below. Asks the BOG torequire all taxidermist/tanneries to gather info on each and every one of youthat have tanning or taxidermy done in this state.
This proposal seams harmless at first glance. As it seamnecessary for a business to keep good records so you the consumer will haveconfidence in getting back what you have giving any business. For the most partthat already happens. Yes ever now and then a mix up happens. Mostly due tohuman error, and the vast majority of time that error is corrected.
What AWT is asking for is the taxidermist/tannery"Must" compile data and you! To who you are and what you have dropedoff at taxidermist/tannery. And that the business must keep those records for 5years. And AWT can inspect those records at their demand.
Why is AWT asking the BOG for this authority? Because thispesky little thing called the CONSITUTION! Mainly Article 1 sec. 14 Searchesand Seizures
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons,houses and other property, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searchesand seizures, shall not be violated. No warrants shall issue, but upon probablecause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the placeto be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”.
Law makers, Lawenforcement, and the court system (judges) have found anyway around ourguaranteed rights as a free people. it is the issuance of license and permits.In this case if you desire to be a taxidermist or tannery you would have to geta license. AWT is asking the BOG to put conditions on those licenses. Thecondition being the person accepting the license would have to waive his right tobe secure in his property! and law enforcement would have to show a judgepropbel cause for an issuance of a warrant. Our checks and balances. So lawenforcement would not go on fishing expeditions just to try to find offences.and to protect us from overzealous officers of the state. To demand "letme see your papers" where have you heard that before?
Also AWT claims they this to protect taxidermist. I don'tknow how. What i do see is i have made and error in my paper work i willreceive a citation. A game violation for administrative errors.
Also this newregulation would discourage the illegal trafficking of wildlife. How? I contentif i were involved or was do due something less than honorable, why would Ilogin/out those items? This just raises the bar for those who are involved inthat kind of active and will make them even more cautious, and harder to catch.
How big is thisproblem of taxidermist/tanneries conducting illegal actives? You would be hardpressed to find many. if the true be known, Alaska has more bank robberies inone year that if you added up all the taxidermist/tanneries that have had somesort of violation. does having the law on the books stop bank robberies?
This is nothing morethan AWT wanting their job to be easier. While increasing small businesses workload. Public Safety should be protecting our constitutional rights and notspend time figuring ways around it!
This still hasnothing to do with civil issues.(so andso lost my bear, or I did not get the right animal back) as it is not AWT'sjob, nor does AWT get involved in civil issues. Free enterprise and capitalismdictate and weed out the idiots. Yes we do have some ever now and then. justlike used car salesmen. or any other industry.
Let me make just one more comment. As many of you know whenyou drop your trophies off at your favor taxidermy shops. You’re dropping themoff at privet home. This business in Alaska is mainly a home based industry. Sothink of the families that dwell there. and how law enforcement has treatedother home owners.
So all were asking for is a moment of your time to write aletter to the BOG in opposition to proposal 49. Never mind what is done in thelower 48. We are ALASKANS and still somewhat free. Why lose another right thatso many have died for.
I know I have ramble on. But this is an important one. Ifyou have any question or want to know more. i am available most of time452-6047 al
REMEMBER 30 Dec.deadline.
AWT submits the following amended language to the board forconsideration;
(a) A person licensed as a taxidermist in the statethatperforms any taxidermy on big game, small game or furbearers shall maintainanaccurate and detailed record which specifies all big game, small gameorfurbearers acquired, possessed or stored for taxidermy purposes. Suchrecordshall include at least the following:
1) The date, name and address of the person fromwhom eachspecimen was received
2) A description of each specimen or the description ofthepart received.
3) The date, name andaddress of the person to whom eachprocessed specimen is deliveredb) Recordsrequired under (a) may be kept on a log providedby the department or onbusiness records kept by the taxidermist.
(c) Upon receiving aspecimen or part thereof, theinformation required in (a) shall be immediatelyrecorded.
(d) The recordrequired in (a) shall be retained for aperiod of five years.
(e) Department ofPublic Safety is authorized toconduct inspections for compliance with thissection during normal businesshours or between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
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