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September 30, 2016

Humane Society International praises peregrine falcon protections at CITES

European Union praised for its 'leadership role' in defeating proposal to legalise trade

Humane Society International

  • A peregrine falcon from the Mystic Lakes, Massachusetts. John Harrison

Parties at the 17th Conference of Parties at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, defeated a Canadian proposal to establish the legal international trade in wild-caught peregrine falcons. Teresa Telecky, director of the wildlife department for Humane Society International, issued the following statement:

“Peregrine falcons will continue to live wild and free instead of being captured for the cruel falconry trade. We applaud the European Union for taking a leadership role in opposing this controversial and poorly conceived proposal. However, we were disappointed the United States sided with Canada and falconers in supporting this proposal, which would have removed crucial protections for these birds of prey, some subspecies of which are considered endangered or in recovery.”

This vote will need to be confirmed by a plenary session to be held on October 4th and 5th.

Media contact: Wendy Higgins, whiggins@hsi.org, 44 (0)7989 972 423

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