ShowsBefore You GoBulletin BoardContactAboutSearch
Show and Features |
Culture Watch | Question of the Week | Letters of the Week |
Traveler's Aid | Library | Host's View

Buyer Beware

Buyer Beware

It's human nature to buy souvenirs when you travel, especially if your travels take you to exotic places half way around the world. I do it all the time. A rug in Turkey, wine in France, and my weakness -- wooden boxes.

But you may want to think twice about the things you buy.

Listen with RealAudio: The Wildlife Trade

"If they're made from plant or animal products--hide, feathers, teeth, or shell--they may be seized by customs inspectors when you return to the U.S."

That cautionary note came from Simon Habel of Traffic North America, an organization that monitors wildlife trade. He wants you to realize that instead of gracing your home, your keepsakes will be tagged, bagged, and placed on a shelf in the customs office. And you may be subject to a substantial fine. Simon joins us with some "know-before-you-go" advice.

To get the brochure "Buyer Beware":


[ Features Index ]


American Public Media
American Public Media Home | Search | How to Listen
©2004 American Public Media |
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy