Businesses that possess, collect, or sell endangered species need a license from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). This license is called the Endangered/Threatened Species License. The sale of products made from endangered species is usually illegal. For the exceptions, businesses will need a Dead Endangered Species Permit from the DEC.
Living Endangered SpeciesBusinesses need certain licenses from the DEC for living endangered species. These are:
- For collecting and keeping endangered species for educational purposes;
- For collecting and keeping endangered species for scientific purposes; and
- For breeding endangered species.
Dead Endangered SpeciesBy federal law, it is almost always illegal to sell products made from dead endangered species. But, if a product dates from before 1973, or the animal died before then, then the product can be sold. Businesses need a Dead Endangered Species Permit from the DEC for this purpose.
For products made from crocodiles or alligators, businesses also need a Crocodilian Permit. Visit the separate page to learn more about the Crocodilian Permit.