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The reason for this site is simple

Very few people fully understand the laws governing the trade. Many are unaware that certain rules even exist. The odd person may mention something about a licence but of the technicalities, they are completely ignorant. It is more surprising, although in a way understandable, when the questions come from members of the enforcement agencies, or a confused Solicitor. Those in the trade itself such as taxidermists, are more often than not at a complete loss. Navigating their way around numerous Acts of Parliament, Regulations, Statutory Instruments and the like is not why they became taxidermists, they simply want to get on with the job they love. The great majority however wish to abide by the laws but would rather leave the legal side to someone who can tell them in simple layman's terms what is necessary. Members of The Guild of Taxidermists have been able to take advantage of this service for years but not everybody is a member - hence this web site.

 

African Lion. Jack King, Kodiak, AlaskaI do not profess to being a lawyer, neither have I had any official legal training, therefore the information within these pages and that subsequently given must be taken purely as a guide. I must also recommend that accredited legal advise be sought on all points of law. However, the one thing I do have going for me is experience - 30 years of it as a practicing taxidermist and over 25 years studying the laws that govern the art. For 15 years I have been representing The Guild of Taxidermists as their legal liaison with DEFRA, Scot. Exec.and other Management authorities, plus the Enforcement and Conservation agencies. I also act on their behalf as the consultation point on changes to the law, be they amendments to existing or completely new regulations and somehow between meetings mount the odd specimen. Oh, just in case you need a bit more to go on, I am a past Chairman of the Guild (3 times), A Guild "Approved Taxidermy Inspector" (under an arrangement with DEFRA) and a fully Accredited Member. I am also proud to say that I am the first recipient of The Don Sharp Memorial Trophy - for, they tell me "My contribution to The Guild of Taxidermists and the taxidermy profession".

So welcome to all those striving to do things with validity, be you a collector, a trader, a taxidermist, a Police WCO or simply someone who wants to offload a family heirloom. Let me at least put you on the right track. The majority of this web site is free for you to browse but should you wish to get technical, I am here to help - see "How to use this service" under HELP/ADVICE. I will, for my own protection add one piece of simple legal jargon that one finds is a necessity for this day and age - it is this:-

Taxidermylaw is a confidential service for the Trader & Collector or to head
the Enforcement agencies and authorities where expert opinion and knowledge is required.
This company or individual cannot accept any responsibility for information given that is either misinterpreted by the author or the recipient and which is based either on experience gained or a matter of law where the precedence is yet to be decided by a court of law. Any information or guidance given is purely an opinion, therefore it is recommended that accredited legal advise is sought where appropriate.

 

 

This company or individual cannot accept any responsibility for information given that is either misinterpreted by the author or the recipient and which is based either on experience gained or a matter of law where the precedence is yet to be decided by a court of law. Any information or guidence given is purely an opinion, therefore it is recommended that accredited legal advise is sought where appropriate.

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