Lacey Act
U.S. Lacey Act of 1900


The U.S. Lacey Act is one of the world’s primary legislative examples of wildlife preservation and forest conservation.

Originally passed in 1900, the U.S. Lacey Act makes it a federal crime to poach game in one state with the purpose of selling the bounty in another. Introduced in the House of Representatives by Iowa Congressman John Lacey over a century ago, the Lacey Act has been revised several times turning it into one of the broadest and most comprehensive policies in the federal arsenal designed to combat wildlife crime.

On May 22, 2008, the U.S. Congress approved a new amendment to the Lacey Act, making the policy capable of combating both wildlife crime and illegal logging. This has created dramatic changes in the still heavily unregulated global timber industry and led to systemic shifts in the practices of importers, manufacturers, and timber companies within both the U.S. and around the world.



Departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture
Date / journal vol no.
25 May 1900