EU-led Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards takes force: Standards could serve as a model to address the hunting of seals

    OTTAWA, July 22 /CNW Telbec/ - An international first was marked on July
22, when the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS)
became legally binding, after Russian ratification on April 26. Signed by
Canada, Russia and the European Union in 1997, this is the first international
agreement of its kind to address the welfare of animals that are trapped. The
AIHTS, which applies to millions of animals that are trapped in the EU, Russia
and Canada for any purpose, sets strict standards to ensure that trapping
technology and practices meet the highest possible animal welfare standards.
    The Fur Institute of Canada (FIC), which coordinates trap research and
AIHTS implementation in Canada, is pleased to see that all Parties to the
AIHTS have made the commitment to use only certified traps when trapping
listed furbearing animals. The USA, which has a separate agreement with the
EU, has begun implementing the use of Best Management Practices for trapping
of furbearers in that country.
    FIC Executive Director Rob Cahill said the use of certified traps will
now apply equally to commercial, scientific and problem wildlife situations.
"Trapping is done in virtually every country in the world for different
reasons," he said. "Whether it is for pest control, research, disease control,
wildlife management or the commercial fur trade, the AIHTS will ensure that
the same scientifically validated standards apply in all three jurisdictions."
    The FIC is proud of its world leading trap research program which allowed
Canadian implementation of the AIHTS to begin last year.
    The Institute said the agreement is also an example of how the EU should
be addressing the current sealing issue. "The AIHTS is a result of the EU's
lead to improve animal welfare requirements and is an example of a successful
resolution to an animal welfare concern," said Cahill. "This very same
approach would resolve the current moves by the EU to ban seal products," he

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