Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Krakow: Attention! Important information about invasive alien species. There are high penalties! – Suski.dlawas.info – information and news portal

Due to the application of the Alien Species Act, persons who keep plants and animals belonging to invasive alien species (IGOs) must check whether they have a valid permit. The new regulations should also be made familiar to holders of IGO shares – for example, people who run pet stores or garden stores.


There are high penalties for violating IGO regulations, which is why the Directorate General for Environmental Protection explains what measures should be taken to prevent committing an offense or crime.

Are the permits issued before the entry into force of the law valid?

The existing permits for keeping invasive alien species (IGO) that pose a threat to the Union, issued on the basis of the former art. 120 of the Nature Conservation Act expires Dec 19, 2022 Because until that day belongs:

  • obtain a permit to hold IGO and other prohibited activities, or
  • hand over the IGO to an appropriately licensed body or to an animal shelter, or
  • render the plant harmless or have the animal killed by a veterinarian.


The plant should be neutralized or the animal killed in such a way that IGO is not disseminated into the environment (e.g. by wind transporting plant seeds). Information regarding the death of a companion animal must be submitted to the Regional Director of Environmental Protection within 7 days.

In the case of IGAs that pose a threat to Poland, the existing permits for their detention remain valid.

Can I get a pet permit (IGO)?

If a pet animal was kept for non-commercial purposes before this species was included in the list of IGOs ​​posing a threat to the Union/Poland, it is possible to obtain a permit to keep it further. Date considered as the inclusion of a particular species on the IGO list. The permit can be obtained until June 18, 2022. Therefore, by that date it is necessary to:

– submit an application for a permit to keep and move/transport the animal, or

– hand over the animal to a licensing authority or to an animal shelter, or

– have the animal killed by a veterinarian and notify the Regional Director of Environmental Protection within 7 days.

Legal provisions regarding alien species You must remember to legalize the detained IGOs ​​within the time limit stipulated by the law!

What about the sale of IGOs ​​held for commercial purposes (so-called IGO shares)?

IGO inventory means IGO kept for commercial purposes, for example, turtles in a pet store, or cuttings or seeds in a garden nursery.

The transitional provisions for IGA stocks do not currently apply to IGAs posing a risk to the Union, as the deadlines set in the EU Regulation have expired.

The holder of an IGO share threatening Poland acquired before December 18, 2021 has the right, without authorization:

– until Dec 18, 2023 keep or move these IGO plants and animals to:

– sale or transfer to entities carrying out scientific research, ex-situ conservation, using the IGO for medical purposes, with appropriate permits;

– killing the animal or rendering the plant harmless;

– until 18 December 2022, keep or move these plants and animals by IGO for sale or transfer to entities for non-commercial purposes, with the appropriate permits to keep and move them.

The holder of the IGO stock must maintain and move the IGO stock in an isolated facility and take appropriate measures to prevent the IGO from propagating, spreading or escaping.

If the holder of the IGO stock has not sold or issued the IGO for 2 years, he is obliged to kill the animal in accordance with the provisions of the law or to neutralize the plant, under conditions that prevent the animal or plant from spreading. Information regarding the death of the animal or the neutralization of the plant must be submitted to the Regional Director for Environmental Protection within 7 days.

Attention:

Whoever violates the provisions on IGAs that pose a threat to the Union/Poland commits a crime or misdemeanor and can be prosecuted with an administrative fine of up to 1,000,000 zloty.

IGO shareholders who fail to comply with the above. The system of the procedure also carries a prison sentence of 3 months to 5 years, and if the perpetrator acts unintentionally, he will be subject to a fine, restriction of freedom or imprisonment of up to 2 years.

In turn, pet owners who do not adhere to the above course of action will also be subject to the penalty of arrest or a fine.

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source: Directorate-General for Environmental Protection

Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Krakow

published: 03/03/2022
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