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Volume 494: debated on Thursday 18 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to seek to ensure compliance with the decision taken at the last Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species conference in respect of the closing down of tiger farms. (280155)

At the 14th Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Decision 14.69 was adopted calling on CITES Parties with intensive, commercial-scale tiger breeding operations (i) to implement measures to restrict their captive populations to a level supportive only to conserving wild tigers, and (ii) not to breed tigers for trade in their parts and derivatives.

While Decision 14.69 does not set any deadlines, the 57th CITES Standing Committee meeting in July 2008 called for relevant Parties to submit progress reports for review by the Committee at its 58th meeting in July 2009. My Department subsequently participated in a working group established to provide guidance on Decision 14.69. CITES Notification 2008/059, issued in October 2008, clarified aspects of the Decision and requested that relevant Parties submit reports on progress by 28 February 2009. The subject will next be discussed at the 58th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, of which the UK is a member, representing the European region.