What is the Lacey Act?

The Lacey Act is a conservation law in the United States. It protects both plants and wildlife by creating civil and criminal penalties for a wide array of violations. It prohibits trade in wildlife, fish and plants that have been illegally taken, transported or sold.

It has been amended several times. A 2008 amendment included an anti-illegal-logging provision which makes it an offense to trade in products made from illegally-sourced agriculturally-based products, including wood products like flooring. It also requires US companies to document the source of the woods they sell or use for manufacturing.