Heads Up On New Trophy Import Regulations For the EU

Posted January 19, 2015

Correspondent Dr. Rolf Baldus sent us this heads up on January 19, 2015:

“In spite of the joint CIC/FACE letter to Vice-President Timmermans of the European Commission on the issue, the Commission just published the new regulations with the following new requirements:

– An import permit will be required for the import into the EU of hunting trophies from six CITES-listed species: African lion, polar bear, African elephant (for populations not included in Annex A of Regulation 338/97, for which the import permit requirement already applies), Southern white rhinoceros (for populations not included in Annex A of Regulation 338/97, for which the import permit requirement already applies), hippopotamus and argali sheep.

– EU Member States will have a clear legal basis to refuse the issuing of an import permit in case of serious doubts as to the legality of a shipment of CITES products, if no satisfactory information on this point is provided by the exporting country.

The provisions of the new regulations will enter into force on February 5, 2015.”

This news was not unexpected. In an Email Extra Bulletin on October 23, 2014, we had warned subscribers that these new regulations might be coming. We followed up with a more detailed story in our December 2014 Email Extra Edition.

Sadly, US readers know all too well how capriciously rulings like this can be applied and the detriment they can have to world conservation efforts.