Feds Bust Yacht Pimped Out With Endangered Animal Hides, Tusks
|You won't find Acosta's pad decorated like this, apparently.|
"Personally, I think these are rather creepy," Acosta admonished the animal poachers of the world. " I wouldn't want to have them in my home."
Here's how the bust went down: On Dec. 18, a cargo transport vessel named Enterprise arrived at Port Everglades via Italy and Spain. On board, inspectors found a 120-foot pleasure yacht named the M/Y Mystere.
When they walked into the yacht, inspectors found nearly every surface covered in illegal fur or poached ivory: two leopard-hide rugs, seven ivory tusk ornaments, rugs made from zebra, tiger and jaguar skin, even an anaconda purse. Everything found on board is illegal, thanks to the international Lacey Act, which banned products made from endangered species after 1973.
The company and yacht owners can't be charged criminally because they're overseas, Acosta said. "One challenge we often see is that the individuals committing these crimes are outside the jurisdiction of the United States," Acosta said.
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