What is a CITES Tag and why is it Required?
CITES stands for the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species, and their goal is to ensure that the trade and sale of animal and plant products will not threaten the survival of the species concerned.
While American Alligators are not endangered or threatened, they look very similar to other crocodilians that are. So, as a safe guard against illegal and unsustainable trading of other crocodilians, the trade of American Alligator products is placed under the same restrictions and requirements of the CITES acts as these other crocodilians.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) oversees all CITES permitting and compliance in the United States, and CITES tags are required to be affixed in the tail of any alligator that is harvested, farmed or wild-caught.
This tag, which features the Country, State, year, and serial number of that specific permit, will remain on the skin throughout the entire process of tanning and dyeing, until it is made into a product like a handbag or a wallet. However, if the products are to be exported, the tag number must be referenced in certain paperwork required by the USFWS.
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