Eurogroup advocates for strong preventive measures to protect wild animals
Posted on 04/10/2012
At the International Conference on the import and keeping of exotic animals in Europe being held in Brussels today and tomorrow, Eurogroup for Animals is calling for strong preventive measures to limit the import, trade, sale of invasive species and restrict the keeping of exotic pets based on clear criteria including welfare.
The event, organised by the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe with the support of the Cyprus Presidency of the EU Council will tackle the issue of existing concerns and risks over the import and keeping of exotic animals in EU, and address current challenges to meet and propose sustainable solutions.
Eurogroup, which is taking an active part in the conference, has detailed a list of recommendations to address the issue which include:
- Setting import/trade/sale restrictions on invasive species and prevent welfare problems
- Restrictions on the keeping of exotic pets based on clear criteria including welfare
- Improving education for suitable matches of people to pets
- Regulating the sale of exotic pets and require training & distribution of care information