Stroking penguins without a permit : $10,000

Under the The Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978, it is illegal to touch the wild life or alter their behaviors without a permit. it reads as follows:

The Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 (ACA), Public Law 95-541, conserves and protects the native mammals, birds and plants of Antarctica and the ecosystems of which they are a part. It is unlawful, unless authorized by permit, to:

The law applies to any U.S. citizen in Antarctica, any person in Antarctica as a participant in U.S. government activities, any expedition into the Antarctic that originates from the United States, or any person in the United States who handles certain Antarctic animals and plants. The Act provides penalties of up to $10,000 and 1 year imprisonment for violations.

A permit system authorized by the Act allows certain activities, otherwise prohibited, when performed within prescribed restrictions for scientific or other worthwhile purposes. The National Science Foundation (NSF), the agency of the U.S. Government that funds and manages the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), administers the Act and its permit system.

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