Apparently, handbags made of python skin have been all the rage for a while now. And also soccer shoes made of kangaroo. But be careful if you want to sell them in California. Unfortunately, trends in luxury goods and performance footwear don't always coincide with state specific laws governing animal based goods. This can apply to certain culinary "delicacies" as well. California merchants, and out-of-state businesses wanting to sell in California need to be aware of sometimes poorly publicized product prohibitions.
The sale of python handbags in California is prohibited under a criminal statute dating back to 1971. It forbids the commercial importation, sale, or possession with intent to sell the dead body or any part of the following animals: polar bear, leopard, ocelot, tiger, cheetah, jaguar, sable antelope, wolf (Canis lupus), zebra, whale, cobra, python, sea turtle, colobus monkey, kangaroo, vicuna, sea otter, free-roaming feral horse, dolphin or porpoise (Delphinidae), Spanish lynx, or elephant. On January 1, 2010, alligator and crocodile will join the list.
Though a misdemeanor, for each violation, perpetrators face a fine of $1,000 to $5,000, up to 6 months in county jail, or both a fine and imprisonment.