Notification to the Parties
No. 685 Lausanne, 24 August 1992
LIECHTENSTEIN AND SWITZERLAND
Import Policy for Hunting Trophies from Appendix-I Species
1. The Management Authority of Liechtenstein and Switzerland informed the Secretariat of the following and asked that it be communicated to all the Parties.
2. On 21 May 1992, the Scientific Authorities of Liechtenstein and Switzerland held a common meeting in Vaduz where they advised the Management Authority, pursuant to Article III. 3.(a) of CITES, that they considered imports of the following hunting trophies to be for purposes which are not detrimental to the survival of the species involved:
a) Leopard: Hunting trophies from Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, provided that the export takes place within the quota agreed under Resolution Conf. 8.10 and that the skins comply with recommendations b) and c) of that Resolution;
b) Cheetah: Hunting trophies from Namibia and Zimbabwe under conditions corresponding to those applied for leopards;
c) White rhino: Hunting trophies from Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, provided that the specimens are imported as headmounts or shouldermounts (no loose horns will be allowed);
d) African elephant: Hunting trophies, including tusks and any other part of the animal, from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, provided that the tusks are marked according to CITES procedures.
In the cases mentioned above, import permits will be automatically granted without further consultation with the Scientific Authorities, and importation will be allowed upon presentation of the import and export permits to the border veterinarian in charge. All other applications for the import of Appendix-I trophies will be considered individually. In the case of the species above, applications relating to trophies from other countries will normally be rejected.
When taking the decisions under a) and b) above, the Scientific Authorities took into account Botswana's statement at Kyoto that their quota will not be used for hunting trophies, and the statements of the delegations of the Central African Republic, Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania on the precarious status of the leopard in their countries. In the case of decision d), the policy applied so far has been changed in the sense that, taking into account the Panel of Experts report, Malawi has been deleted from the list of countries from which elephant trophies may be imported.
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