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Parliamentary questions
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22 May 2019
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-001662/2019

The Commission welcomes the discussion on listing giraffes in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendix II, and is in regular contact with some of the proposing countries. Unfortunately, however, the listing proposal did not contain solid data to prove that the species meets the biological and trade criteria for a CITES listing.

The Convention protects species from overexploitation due to international trade. There is uncertainty on the level of international trade and its impact on giraffe populations.

The limited data available suggest that international trade involves mostly hunting trophies from countries with non-threatened, growing populations and where hunting is legal (in particular South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe).

Illegal hunting and consumption for local use (bushmeat) indeed represent a serious threat to giraffes, but such local hunting and trade do not fall within the scope of CITES and would not be regulated by a possible listing.

The EU position on this and on other listing proposals is being discussed by the EU Member States in the Council, in view of its adoption before the Conference of the Parties(1).


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