Implementation of Positive List in the Netherlands
In response to the statement recently published by Chris Newman, a spokesperson for the UK pet trade, about the current status of the Positive List for mammals in the Netherlands, Eurogroup for Animals would like to provide an accurate update based on the official letter sent by the Dutch Minister on 2 July 2014.
In December 2013 Minister Sharon Dijksma announced to the Twede Kamer (the Dutch lower chamber of Parliament) that the Positive List would come into force on 1 July 2014. In the months following this announcement different stakeholders, such as Eurogroup for Animals member AAP Rescue Centre for Exotic Animals, have continued to monitor the process and have contributed to it in different ways, including by providing scientific and practical information on different animal species.
On 1 July 2014 changes were introduced on time to the ministerial regulation on the Keeping of Animals. However the development and coming into force of the Positive List was not among the additions to the legislation and on 2 July 2014 Minister Dijksma sent a new letter to the Twede Kamer giving a detailed update on the process.