Advertisement If you received a tatantula via USPS and you were not involved in the decision to receive it that way, that while you may be guilty, it is very hard to prove it. A prosecutor is extremely unlikely to even go down that road. In their perfect world, they will go after every single violation. In the real world, they have to pick and choose. Trials cost real money. An agency that is underfunded in the millions of dollars annually is not going to go after Bob from Topeka for receiving a tarantula in the mail. Bob denied knowing the shipper was going to ship the tarantula that way. Without a clear path to a conviction, even the government is not going forward with a trial that costs all parties in the tens of thousands of dollars. The government loses and then gets sued for damages by Bob’s attorney to recover Bob’s legal costs. The shipper is the easier target because unless they can prove that, in reality Bob directed them to ship the tarantula via USPS or in writing agreed to receive it that way, it’s a he said she said thing. This brings me to asking if the violation is big enough to warrant a prosecution. Again, it costs money for even the government to go to trial. A true example, a friend of mine pirated DVDs for more than a year. He sold thousands every month. My company caught him and many others in a massive buying selling spree. They turned everything over to the FBI. They had more than a thousand dvds as evidence. The FBI declined to do anything because the whole thing wasn’t big enough. The guy got fired by my company but walked away continuing to pirate dvds. This was a federal crime. I could continue this, but I think My point is made and I need to leave for work now.