Notification to the Parties
No. 2000/069 Geneva, 14 December 2000
Cross-border movements of live animals for exhibition
1. Decision 10.142 of the Conference of the Parties is directed to the Secretariat. It states:
Recommendations shall be prepared on the basis of proposals submitted by interested Parties, for consideration by the Standing Committee in 1998, in order to establish:
a) a single simplified procedure for transborder movements of live animals for exhibition travelling to other States;
b) an effective and rational system of registration and identification of live animals for exhibition; and
c) principles and methods for certification of travelling owners supposed to travel to other States under the simplified procedure for cross-border movements of live animals for exhibition.
2. At its 41st meeting, the Standing Committee decided to establish a working group to be convened by the United States of America to consider this subject and make recommendations. At its 42nd meeting, the Standing Committee discussed a report from this working group. Following discussion of the subject the Standing Committee decided to disband the working group because it had not reached agreement on recommendations, and to ask the Secretariat to prepare a document for consideration at its 43rd meeting.
3. At the 43rd meeting of the Standing Committee, the Secretariat reported that it could not find sufficient justification for a change to the current provisions contained in Resolution Conf. 8.16 (Travelling live-animal exhibitions) and Resolution Conf. 10.20 (Frequent cross-border movements of personally owned live animals).
4. Following discussion of the subject, the Standing Committee agreed that a draft of a Permit/Certificate and Continuation sheet, as prepared by the United States of America, could prove useful as a type of passport for live animals and that it should be provided to Parties as an example of a suitable format that accords with the provisions of the above-mentioned Resolutions.
5. The Secretariat is, consequently, distributing an example of the format herewith and can make this available electronically to those Parties who wish it.
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