Saudi citizens have brought to Kalmykia 49 rare falcons of different species, including nine previously illegally exported from Russia, violating international law, said project coordinator for the conservation of rare species of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia Natalia Dronov.
"Several Saudi citizens without permits from CITES imported into Russia 49 falcons, some of whom are in the Red. Since these birds are from another country, it is necessary that the birds were allowed to CITES from Saudi Arabia — the country from which they were taken. Importantly, to the territory of Kalmykia state agencies worked well, it is important that these birds have not left the territory of Russia, because they have no basis for it, "- said Dronov.
WWF Russia also said that the group of citizens of Saudi Arabia is the Kingdom of the Prince Mohammed Bin Saud Al Kabeer.
Moreover, as emphasized spokeswoman WWF, among the birds are three peregrine falcon, one saker falcon and five previously illegally captured and exported from Russia. Thus, according to the legislation of the Russian Federation, illegally imported into the country birds can not leave Russia together with the owners, and should be arrested.
"The Commission for the materials to obtain permits for the conservation of biological diversity that the applicant refused to issue CITES permits, as they entered illegally. Moreover, among these there are species of falcons, which are included in the first application of CITES. In this case requires a resolution of Only the administrative authority of the exporting country, but also the resolution of the administrative department of Russia on the import of these birds "- added the coordinator of WWF.
As explained Dronova if the birds will still be detained, then later by the court, they may be confiscated. In this case, suitable for the production of the birds will be released at will, and the rest are arranged on the centers of breeding falcons.
Merlin falcons are listed as endangered, and the first application of CITES (the international convention governing the rules of trade in rare species of animals and their products), their capture is totally banned in Russia and export of birds abroad without permission is prohibited.