The Convention on International Standards for Human Trapping (AIHTS) sets the necessary standards for the certification and certification of animal capture devices. The 2007-2008 fishing season marked the first year in which Canadian trappers were legally required to use AIHTS-certified traps for certain listed species. This requirement was the first step in a long three-part process that will regulate the use of certified traps and thus improve the welfare of captured animals for any variety of reasons. In 1991, Under massive pressure from the anti-fur lobby, the European Union (EU) has adopted Regulation 3254/91 prohibiting the importation into the EU of fur products from 13 species from each country, unless the use of jaw traps is banned in that country or the fishing methods used in that country comply with internationally agreed humane trapping standards. EU Regulation 3254/91 is still in force in the EU.  “Retained fishing methods” are traps designed and established with the aim of not killing the captured animal, but of limiting its movements so that a human being can come into direct contact with it. Among the test staff, at least one person must be experienced in the use of traps and be able to capture the animals used in the test and at least one person who has been experienced in each of the wellness assessment methods to limit traps and in methods of assessing unconsciousness for the killing of traps. For example, the assessment of behavioural responses to traps and aversiveities should be conducted, particularly by a trained person who is aware of the interpretation of these data. Notwithstanding the fact that fishing methods must meet the requirements of points 2.4 and 3.4, consideration should be given to further improving the development and classification of traps, in particular: improving the welfare of wildlife caught in traps, for whatever reason when the traps meet or exceed this recognized international level, with positive application and improvements in the areas of all signatories. As part of this agreement, the signatories agree not to impose trade restrictions on fur products from listed species from other signatory states. In this way, Canada will retain access to the European fur market. The parties are Canada, the European Union and the Russian Federation.
HIGHLIGHT the scope of the work of the Working Group on the Development of Humane-Free International Trapping Standards, made up of experts from Canada, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and the European Community; (2) In the event of a dispute between two parties, each of the parties in dispute appoints an arbitrator. In the event of a dispute between more than two parties, the parties with the same interest agree to appoint an arbitrator. In both cases, the two arbitrators thus appointed jointly appoint a third arbitrator as chair of the arbitration body. The Convention on International Human Trapping Standards applies to the 19 species listed under the agreement, regardless of the reason for their capture (including wildlife management purposes such as pest control, conservation efforts or extraction of fur, skin, meat, etc.).