African Wild Cats Land Amherst Man Court

Jan. 10, 2020

A serval in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. (Getty Images)
A serval in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.

Christopher Casacci is in the business of selling cats, but it’s not the domestic ones that landed him in federal custody Thursday.

Prosecutors say Casacci trafficked in African wild cats – caracals and servals – and some of them died in his care.

Charged in a 33-count indictment, the Amherst man is accused of violating the Lacey Act, a federal law prohibiting the illegal importation and sale of certain types of fish, wildlife and plants.
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