Possible Changes to International Plant and Animal Trade Rules Subject of FWS Inquiry
The Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting comments through Aug. 26 on amendments to the appendices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora that the U.S. might submit for consideration at the 17th regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, which is tentatively scheduled to be held in South Africa in 2016.
CITES is an international treaty designed to control and regulate international trade in certain animal and plant species that are now or potentially may be threatened with extinction and are affected by trade. Appendix I includes species threatened with extinction in which trade is generally prohibited. Appendix II includes (a) species not necessarily threatened with extinction but in which trade is strictly controlled to prevent them from becoming so and (b) species that must be subject to regulation so that trade in other CITES-listed species may be brought under effective control. Appendix III contains species that are protected in at least one country that has asked CITES parties for assistance in controlling trade, but the FWS is not seeking input on possible U.S. Appendix III listings at this time.