I know the EU has different (or extra?) regulations on CITES.
But I don't understand this, quotes from a thread so old (about bobcats) I won't bother reviving it, and since it was about a different topic anyway:
Alynn wrote:I don't think any private individual can own them seeing as they are Endangered and listed in CITES Appendix I.
TamanduaGirl wrote:They would need the DWAL (assuming England) so it could be legal BUT you can't import them for pets because of CITES. Pretty much only a big zoo could get CITES animals.
I've owned CITES species. Two of them (appendix I, or A-listed). One was a lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo that I was GIVEN because he had no ring, no papers, and no proof of legality, so the only legal way to transfer ownership was to have no money involved. The second was a scarlet macaw I bought legally, with CITES papers. I know that's how it works here, if you buy a CITES appendix I parrot, like one of the two species I had, or a Goffin's cockatoo, or a Moluccan cockatoo (all very common in the states, the Goffin's and lesser sulphur are common in Sweden as well, the scarlet and Moluccan, less so).
You need a permit to buy, sell, show, or do absolutely anything commercial with them. Traveling abroad is difficult but not impossible. I don't know what you know or if you ever talk about CITES II species, but I have them too and you can do pretty much anything without a problem, except I guess if you would import/export them.
So what is this, you're saying that any endangered, any CITES I species is pretty much impossible to keep?
CITES can't be treating mammals differently from birds, can they? Appendix I is about as endangered as it gets, is it not?
So why can I have CITES I parrots here with just a paper? And why can pet stores in the US sell these birds (the four species I mentioned are super common over there) in droves, and I've NEVER heard a single soul talk about CITES on American parrot forums (I've wondered about that for years)?
But you say CITES animals can't be owned by ANYONE except big zoos?