When the Statutory Order from the Ministry of the Environment with regard to the possession of birds in captivity came into force on April 8, 1994, it imposed a number of limitations on the Danish falconers. According to Annex number 1 of the above mentioned Statutory Order, it is no longer legal to obtain species indigenous to Denmark. This provision was introduced in order to minimize the risk of Wildlife Crime. At the same time there was a demand that falconers' birds had to be marked with microchips, and a blood sample is taken in preparation for a DNA profile. These demands were welcomed by Danish falconers because allegations of committing Wildlife Crime could be dismissed by using a DNA profile. The possibility of establishing heritage has become very important, because the Danish falconers' birds breed very well in captivity.

The provisions of transition in the Statutory Order, ensured that the possesion of birds of prey being legal according to former legislation was allowed to continue if the birds were legally obtained or bred in captivity. Recently, The National Forest and Nature Agency has published a status report and from this it appears that in Demark 14 persons have permission to possess peregrine falcons and just one falconer has permission to fly a goshawk.

Peregrine Falcons and Goshawks traditionally have been the preferred falconry birds of the Danish falconers. Since new falconers, owing to the in 1994 amended legislation, no longer will be permitted to obtain domestic species, birds like Harris' Hawks, Saker Falcons, Lanner Falcons, and Redtailed Hawks  will be the birds of prey new falconers legally may obtain and fly.

With the successful captive breeding of peregrine falcons in Denmark, we have high hopes that new falconers some time in the future again will get permission to obtain, train, fly, and hawk with these fabulous birds of prey.