Regulatory Brief

 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Aug 2012)


Formal Title – Docket Number (FWS-R9-IA-2011-0087); Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Sixteenth Regular Meeting: Proposed Resolutions, Decisions, and Agenda Items Being Considered; Observer Information


Brief Description:

The United States, as a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), may submit proposed resolutions, decisions, and agenda items for consideration at the meetings of the Conference of the Parties to CITES. The sixteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP16) is scheduled to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, March 3 – 5, 2013. This notice describes proposed resolutions, decisions, and agenda items that the US is considering submitting for consideration to the CoP16 and requests comments of pertinent stakeholders.

AVMA Response:

The AVMA favors conservation of wild animals in their natural habitats and is an advocate for animals’ health and welfare.  As such, it is concerned about the possible extinction of many animal species.  The AVMA supports the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and applauds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for its efforts, along with those of CITES, related to conservation and protection of endangered and threatened species.  The AVMA weighed in several topics related to various species, including:

  • Quota information on CITES permits and tags for leopard trophies
  • Retrospective permit process for certain Appendix-I specimens
  • Captive-bred and ranched specimens
  • Trade in hunting trophies of Appendix-I species
  • Hunting trophy personal effects
  • Asian big cats
  • Tiger farming and domestic trade
  • Illegal trade in specimens of Appendix-I bear species
  • Various trade and conservation issues pertaining to rhinoceroses
  • Illegal trade of Pangolins
  • Various trade and conservation issues pertaining to elephants

Background Documents:

Full AVMA Response – August 16, 2012

Full AVMA Response; Docket Number [FWS-R9-IA-2011-0027], Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; U.S. Captive-Bred Inter-Subspecific Crossed or Generic Tigers - September 19, 2011

Federal Register Notice - June 21, 2012

Relevant AVMA Policies: