Background

MEETING OF THE EXPERTS GROUP ON HUMANE TRAPPING STANDARDS

FACE together with UETA (Union of European Trappers’ Associations) participated at the first meeting of the Experts Group on Humane Trapping Standards, organised by the European Commission’s DG ENV. The meeting’s purpose was to present the current status of implementation of the AIHTS (Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards) to the Member States.

The agreement was originally negotiated in 1997 but only entered into force in July 2008 after ratification by the Russian Federation. Parties now have until July 2016 to implement it (which means to test and certify traps and ban the use of non-certified traps).

The meeting was also attended by delegates from the Russian Federation, the USA and Canada, all of which outlined the status of implementation in their countries. Canada presented the work of the Canadian Fur Institute which is testing and certifying traps. This is important as the agreement allows for mutual recognition of traps certified in one party to the agreement to be used in the territory of another (Art 12.). A good example for this mutual recognition was the DJV (Deutscher Jagdverband – German Hunting Federation) sending two marten traps to the Fur Institute of Canada to be tested if they meet the AIHTS requirements. The implementation of AIHTS at EU level requires no implementing act, as AIHTS is binding to all Member States and its implementation is in their responsibility. FACE presented its current work for the publication of the Guidelines for Trapping Mammals in Europe, which will be published by June 2014.