Eurogroup launches new campaign on exotic animals
Posted on 11/07/2013
Eurogroup for Animals in collaboration with Dutch member organisation Stichting AAP launched a new campaign on exotic animals presenting our new legislative report on the keeping and sale of exotic animals. Through this campaign we urge the European Union and Member States to take bold action to restrict the trade in wild and exotic animals.
Over recent years there has been a growing trend away from keeping traditional pets towards exotic animals, placing the EU as a top importer of tropical fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. Yet there is minimal EU legislation to protect their welfare, monitor non-CITES trade, and safeguard the health of humans and other animals from exotic animals. In addition, the regulation of the private keeping and sale of wild animals is left to EU Member States national legislation.
Our goal with this campaign is to reduce the number of exotic animals being kept as pets and increase the welfare of those exotic animals being kept as pets. This is why Eurogroup is calling for restrictions on the import, trade, sale and keeping of exotic pets; the regulation of the sale of exotic pets and requirements for training and distribution of care information to purchasers; and for increased public awareness of related issues.
For more information about the campaign and to see the report visit our webpage (see links below). And stay tuned for more information on how you can help!