Here you will find legislation regulating trade in stuffed birds and animals and a guide to follow if you consider selling a stuffed bird.
Three different laws regulate different aspects: conservation, trade in endangered species and hunting. Essentially everything is banned, but there are many exceptions.
You are not allowed to advertise, sell, buy or exchange
These prohibitions apply to all stages of life of living and dead animals, whole or parts, and goods that include the animal.
As a general rule, wildlife that has been taken charge of, found dead or killed reverts to the person with hunting rights. Wildlife includes wild mammals and birds. If you do not have hunting rights, you should have a deed of gift proving that the bird is yours.
Wild birds from SwedenTo sell a stuffed bird, you need to show that it has been legally acquired. It should be the result of legal hunting in Sweden at the time the animal was killed or has been found dead. Animals that have been caught, killed or collected according to the rules of hunting legislation may be advertised, sold, bought or exchanged even if they are protected, but the CITES regulations and the rules on “wildlife of the state” still apply.
The provisions on “wildlife of the state” do not apply to animals that have been hunted or found dead in other countries. Such animals may still be a protected species or covered by CITES regulations.
Trading of any species listed on CITES Annexes A or B is prohibited. Selling a stuffed bird that is on CITES Annex A requires a permit from the Swedish Board of Agriculture (CITES certificate). For species listed on CITES Annex B, you need to be able to show that the bird has been acquired legally for the trade to be legal.
All birds that occur in the wild in the EU’s European territory are protected and may not be sold or exchanged.
To protect animal species that are endangered, rare or particularly valuable, the government has decided that certain species of wildlife revert to the state. Anyone who has found a dead animal of such a species or has taken charge of it or has killed such an animal except for permitted hunting needs to report this to the Police Authority.
In the case of stuffed animals, you need to know the year in which the animal died. This is because the listed species reverted to the state at different times.
Under certain conditions, the government can transfer ownership of specimens of wildlife that revert to the state. You can apply for this at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. You will need such documentation before applying for a CITES certificate from the Swedish Board of Agriculture.
If you do not have a permit, you may advertise, sell, buy or exchange:
If you have a permit, you may advertise, sell, buy or exchange:
To sell a protected species, you can apply for an exemption from the embargo with the Swedish EPA. If the bird species is both protected and CITES-listed, only the CITES regulations apply. Contact the Swedish EPA for more information at +46 (0)10-698 10 00 or e-mail:
Three laws regulate different aspects: protection, trade in endangered species and hunting. Essentially everything is banned, but there are many exceptions. Similar regulations apply to live animals and plants, but they are not covered here.