California shop owner admits selling rare-animal coats

In mid-December, the owner of a vintage clothing store in San Francisco pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges she sold coats and other items made of cheetahs, leopards and other protected species.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a judge fined Cicely Ann Hansen $3,600 and sentenced her to probation and 500 hours of community service.

California Fish and Wildlife officers raided her store last February after two undercover wardens tried on coats made of ocelot and jaguar. Wardens seized 150 items made from snow leopards, sea turtles, seals, and pythons.

Hansen, 68, said she is not a poacher and that the seized clothing was made decades ago, including several items that are more than 100 years old.

“If anything, this is just ignorance of a change in the law and unintentional,” she said. “It’s not like I’m a poacher. I have no interest in newer pieces. I have no interest in importing fur from China. I don’t like the way the animals are killed or treated.”

“Individuals who traffic in these goods must be held accountable to eliminate a market that contributes to these species’ demise,” District Attorney George Gascón said after charging Hansen earlier in the year. “There’s no second chance once these animals are gone.”

See “Owner vintage clothing store charged with nine counts of selling items made from endangered species

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