What is CITES and how does it affect exotic animals?

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What is CITES and how does it affect my pets?

CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Amen SpeciesazFairies of Wild Fauna and FloraThat is, they are the regulations that apply at the time of purchase, sale or import of animals and plants. CITES divides animals into three categories depending on their level of conservation, Appendices I, II and III.

Each country and community must apply the CITES regulation with its own means and modifications, and in the case of Spain the current legislation is regulation 338/97 of the council of December 9, 1996, where these appendices are transcribed: Annexes A, B and C.

As a general rule purchase is prohibited, exposure to the public for commercial or profit, and the sale of specimens of the species listed in Annex A.

For the animals of the annexes B and C We will need any of the following documents, depending on where the animal comes from:

Import from outside the EU:
Import from a member state of the European Union other than Spain:
  • The bill of sale or a transfer document.
  • The original of a document that certifies the breeding in captivity, or the original of the CITES certificate for community use.
The animal has been bred in captivity in Spain:
  • The bill of sale or a transfer document. In this case, the breeder identification code, which can only be issued by SOIVRE.
  • The original of a document that certifies the breeding in captivity, or the original of the CITES certificate for community use.

In case of not having the requested papers, Legality will NOT be recognized of the origin of that animal.

In cases where the current owner of the animal does not coincide with the owner

of the documents, an acquisition or purchase-sale document must be provided, which allows establishing traceability between the holder of the CITES document and the current owner. It is important to keep all the documents of our pets even after their sale or import.

What should a purchase-sale or assignment document include?

  • Buyer or assignee and seller or transferor, including DNI / NIF of both.
  • Common and scientific name of the species.
  • Number of copies object of the transaction.
  • CITES import permit / notification number issued by the Member State of introduction
  • Origin of the animal / s: captive breeding, wild, ranching, or others.
  • Brand and type of brand, if any
  • Sex: male / female / undetermined.
  • In animals born in captivity in Spain, the breeder identification code, which can only be issued by SOIVRE.

Do all animals have to present a document that certifies the breeding in captivity, or the original of the CITES certificate for community use?

No. Some animals such as lovebirds, heavenly parakeets, rainbow loris, boa constrictor, the iguana or the Yemen chameleon; they don’t need this document as long as they’re c

properly marked by species (microchip, ring, tattoo, SOIVRE photographs). You can find a list of all the species included in this section in this annex.

For more questions, queries or certificates you can go to SOIVRE Valencia at: Muelle del Turia s / n Engineers building, ground floor. 46024, Valencia

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