Criteria met: High volume
Principal trade term to the EU: skins
Percentage of global trade to the EU: 42%
Principal source: wild
Top EU importer: Greece
Top Trading Partner: United States, Canada
CITES Appendix: II
IUCN Status: Least Concern
The majority of EU imports in 2010 were wild-sourced skins and skin pieces traded for commercial purposes (14,174 and 1,100, respectively). Imports of wild-sourced skins decreased by 25% between 2009 and 2010; 2010 is the third consecutive year in which imports have decreased.
The SRG confirmed positive opinions for specimens from both Canada and the United States on 27/03/2007.