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Old 06-26-2021, 06:27 PM   #1
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Imports from Mexico, laws, history

Given the number of animals on the market that may be more-or-less recent imports from Mexico (either directly or via an intermediary country), I'd like to get a better understanding of the legislative history regarding wildlife (CB and WC) exports from Mexico.

Some documented facts:

-- Mexico became a party to CITES in 1991 (Source:https://cites.org/eng/disc/parties/chronolo.php), and so exports of CITES listed species can be searched here: https://trade.cites.org/

-- Mexico's current legislation regarding exports all grounded in their Ley General del Equilibrio Ecológico y la Protección al Ambiente, "LGEEPA" (General Law of Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection) passed in 1988. (Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGEEPA ; https://www.traffic.org/site/assets/...uan-desert.pdf ; https://www.wipo.int/edocs/lexdocs/l...mx/mx028en.pdf )

-- Legal exports of herps from Mexico was talking place well into the 1980s, which makes sense given the 'General Law' passed in 1988. I had heard talk of heavy legal Lampropeltis collection in Mexico in the 1980's, some of which is documented in "Mountain Kings: A Collective Natural History of California, Sonoran, Durango and Queretaro Mountain Kingsnakes", Brian Hubbs, 2004.

-- There is some legal export of some wildlife from Mexico currently. The only documented non-CITES species I am aware of are CB Theraphosidae (http://www3.cec.org/islandora/en/ite...america-en.pdf). There are a handful of exports of live CITES listed reptiles from Mexico since 1991; I can't figure out how to attach a .csv file here, and don't think the URLs on the CITES database are stable, so if you're interested in seeing that data, search at https://trade.cites.org/.

I'm interested to see credible information regarding non-CITES exports from Mexico, both currently and before 1988. If anyone has info on those issues, or anything else to ask or add, please contribute.