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CITES

The protection of endangered species

Several decades ago, numerous countries acknowledged that excessive trade could risk becoming a serious threat for numerous species. Consequently, the “Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora”, also known as CITES or the Washington Convention, was inaugurated in 1973. This convention is a trade agreement signed by 169 states aimed at guaranteeing the protection and sustainable use of the animal and plant populations on our planet. Its aim is to ensure that the international trade of wild animal and plant specimens does not threaten the survival of the species to which they belong. As the trade of wild plants and animals exceeds the national framework, any regulation requires international cooperation to protect certain species against overexploitation. CITES was designed in this spirit of cooperation. Today, it offers protection (to varying degrees) for more than 30,000 wild species irrespective of whether they are traded in the form of living plants or animals, fur coats or dried herbs. CITES certificates are issued by the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office (SFVO) or can be obtained from the CVCI upon payment of a 10-franc supplement.

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