Background

SUSPENSION OF INTRODUCTION INTO THE EU OF HUNTING TROPHIES OF CERTAIN SPECIES

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 578/2013 suspending the introduction into the Union of specimens of certain species of wild fauna and flora was published in the Official Journal, L 169/1 of 21 June 2013. It enters into force on the 20th day following this publication and is binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States. This new Import Suspension Regulation repeals the previous one No 757/2012 of 20 August 2012.

A change of interest to hunters is that the EU Scientific Review Group has concluded on the basis of recent scientific information regarding its conservation status that the introduction of hunting trophies from the Wolf (Canis lupus) from Kyrgyzstan should no longer be suspended.

The following species for which hunters are concerned (all of them Annex A species) will continue to be listed as suspended:

• Wolf (Canis lupus) from Belarus, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkey;
• Brown bear (Ursus arctos) from British Columbia Canada and Kazakhstan;
• Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus) from the Russian Federation;
• Markhor (Capra falconeri) from Uzbekistan.

An import permit for a hunting trophy in one of the abovementioned cases will be refused (unless the application was submitted before the entry into force of the Import Suspensions Regulation in which the species was listed, or the trophy is part of the household possessions of a person moving into the EU to take up residence).

The full list of species and countries of origin can be consulted in the text of the Commission Regulation, published in the Official Journal of the EU in all official languages.

For more information, get in touch with Johan.

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