CITES knows about trying to export from Russia to Saudi Arabia of rare birds

Secretariat of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES) knows about trying to export from Russia to Saudi Arabia of rare species of falcons, which do not permit the international movement, said Friday the deputy head of Rosprirodnadzor Amirkhan Amirkhanov.

As previously reported the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia, the citizens of Saudi Arabia, of which Prince Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer, intend to take out of Russia Red Falcons, which previously brought into the country without permits. According to environmentalists, the customs should hold these birds, as they move without CITES permits illegally.

"The CITES Secretariat has been informed, they are watching the current situation. Group, which is engaged in predatory birds, informed specialists who deal with this problem, information is exchanged quickly … In the case of customs treatment, we are ready to make an examination of birds" — said Amirkhanov RIA Novosti.

According to the source, to the movement of the birds had been lawful, Saudi Arabia had to request permission from the Secretariat of CITES.

Customs does not give good

Red Book and protected by international conventions rare falcons will not be released from Russia against the owners can open an administrative case, said the head of the press service of the Federal Customs Service Alexander Smelyakov.

"If there are no permits at customs, the birds will be allowed to be released and may be open case on administrative violation against the owners," — said Smelyakov RIA Novosti.

As explained by the Customs officials, citizens of Saudi Arabia imported into Russia 49 Falcons, and they did not produce CITES documents or RPN, which is the CITES authority in Russia, but have given letters of guarantee that they will receive these documents before departure.

However Rosprirodnadzor denied them permits for the export of birds, as their movement regulated by CITES. The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday sent a note to the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, where the appropriate requirements of the Russian legislation, in an attempt to take out the Saudi nationals rare birds.

Falcons-merlin, peregrine and saker listed in the Red Book of Russia to capture completely banned in Russia. In addition, merlin and peregrine falcon are included in Annex I, the Saker in Annex II of CITES — cross-border movement of these birds without permission is prohibited. Russia, as the successor of the USSR, is a party to CITES since January 1, 1992 (the USSR signed CITES in 1976.)

Merlin — one of the largest falcon in the world, has a beautiful plumage of black and white. Rare birds are in great demand in many Arab countries, where they are used for falconry. Poachers caught Kamchatka merlins and send it flying to Moscow to sell them to the Middle East, which has long been popular falconry. The cost of one individual hunting birds here reaches 100-150 thousand dollars. According to experts, the average cost of one individual falcon — Saker in the Arab countries is three to thirty thousand dollars.

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