Forthcoming event on the exotic pet trade

On 26/05/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

Berber op markt in Marokko 2004 Foto: Ronald Troostwijk/ Stichting AAPOn Wednesday 15th June ‘MEPs for Wildlife’ and the EPP Group  together with Pro Wildlife, AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection and Eurogroup for Animals will hold a seminar titled

“The exotic pet trade and the EU, towards an EU regulation?”



There are more than 200 million pets in Europe including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. CITES regulates trade in only a fraction of wildlife species through the use of quotas or outright bans on species, based on their conservation status . However there is increasing evidence that the import of exotic animals  for the pet trade threatens the survival of wild populations. The lack of appropriate  legislation on exotic pets may result in severe welfare problems, and can be detrimental to biodiversity, as well as have a negative impact on public health, and also  present a danger to the health of other animals.

This event seeks to raise awareness among European policy makers and to explore the opportunities for better regulation of the exotic pet trade.


Wednesday 15th June 2016

European Parliament

room ASP 5E 3,

Brussels Belgium


– Registration- Altiero Spinelli Building , place du Luxembourg 13.30 – 14.00
Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, FI )–  Welcome speech 14.00 – 14.15
Sandra Altherr, Pro Wildlife– The extent and impact of trade in rare and nationally protected species 14.15 – 14.30
Clifford Warrick, Biologist and medical scientist– Overview of the structure of trade and resulting animal welfare and human health problems 14.30 – 14.45
Raquel García, AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection– Where do many exotic pets end up? The crucial role of rescue centres 14.45 – 15.00
Ilaria di Silvestre, Eurogoup for Animals–  A Positive List for Europe  15.00 – 15.15
Hélène Perier, European Commission – DG Environment– Overview of the relevant EU instruments and EU proposals for CITES Cop 17 15.15 – 15.0
– Discussion 15.30 – 15.50
– Closing remarks 15.50 – 16.00

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