This is due to the fact that AIHTS also applies to live traps that are not included in STAOs. Therefore, the government decided that the most appropriate way to implement the agreement was to amend the Wildlife and Culture Act in 1981 (WCA) by adding a new timetable for relevant aiHTS species present in the United Kingdom. After years of negotiations, the European Union approved two humane fishing agreements in the 1990s. The International Human Stocking Standards (AIHTS) agreement was concluded in 1997 with the European Union, Canada and Russia. A separate agreement (called an agreed protocol) was reached between the European Union and the United States of America under US regulations. Both agreements contain the same standards. The Council of the European Union ratified them in 1998. The agreement requires standards for the certification and certification of fishing gear for wildlife. The requirement that traps meet standards applies to all traps used to capture wildlife species listed for all purposes (including traps used to manage damage to game, protect human health and management of game diseases, scientific research and fur and meat harvest). When traps are completed for a species, the use of unsealed traps in accordance with the standards of the agreement is prohibited.
AIHTS was signed by Canada and the EU in December 1997 and by the Russian Federation in April 1998. In 1998, a separate bilateral agreement was signed between the United States and Europe, with equivalent standards. Both agreements are legally binding on all signatories. The GWCT began warning in 1997 with an article of review on the effects of AIHTS on the management of animals and pests, but the UK has been slow to implement AIHTS. This is partly due to the fact that, four years after its ratification, the EU seems to have been working on a directive on this subject. The EU abandoned this target in 2012 and argued that Member States should in any event transpose the agreement into their domestic law. It remained four years before implementation was completed. The aim of this agreement is to improve the welfare of animals when recovering wild animals, to comply with EU rules on the human capture of wildlife and thus to gain access to the European wild fur market.