PORTLAND, Oregon – A woman found herself in court for illegally importing leopard skins from Africa after a shipping error sent her items to a Dutch brewery while she received a shipment of bottle caps meant for the factory.
A judge sentenced Anna Goyda to two years probation and 250 hours of community service. U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman on Monday also ordered Goyda, 27, to pay $500 to a fund that helps protect endangered and threatened species.
The three leopard skins Goyda bought at a market in Kinshasa, Congo, last year ended up at the Heineken brewery in the Netherlands. Workers there called Royal Dutch Customs, which alerted U.S. authorities.
Goyda pleaded guilty in March to violating the Endangered Species Act.