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"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

HR 6988: Wildlife Penning Prohibition Act

Official Title

A bill to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to treat wildlife, other than birds, used or intended to be used in penned dog training activities as prohibited wildlife species under that Act, to make corrections in the provisions relating to captive wildlife offenses under that Act, and for other purposes.


This bill would prohibit the importation, exportation, sale, or other transfer of wildlife other than birds intended for use in dog training activities in which wildlife species are “pursued, harassed, or killed within an enclosure.” Violations would be punishable under the Lacey Act by civil penalties, criminal fines, and imprisonment of up to 5 years.

Legislation Details

holt (D - NJ)


9/29/2008: Referred to House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans
09/22/2008: Referred to House Natural Resources Committee
09/22/2008: Introduced