Seminar on Wild Pets in the European Union

On 05/10/2012, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

On Wednesday 3 October 2012, Intergroup Members Catherine Bearder (ALDE, UK), Kriton Arsenis (S&D, GR), Julie Girling (ECR, UK) and Keith Taylor (Greens/EFA, UK) as well as Filip Kaczmarek (EPP, PL) and Helmut Scholz (GUE/NGL, DE) have co-hosted a seminar organized by ENDCAP on the keeping of wild exotic animals as pets.

During the meeting an information document was presented and discussed which has the goal to provide the EU institutions and the Council of Europe with overview information on the current regulations and national requirements relating to the trade in and keeping of wild pets. It also delivers recommendations what needs to be changed to improve the current situation.

If implemented, these recommendations would result in the following benefits:

  • A reduction in the number of wild animals caught for the pet trade, leading to improvements in species conservation and biodiversity protection;
  • A reduction in ecological disturbance and habitat degradation associated with the invasive capture of wild animals for the pet trade, leading to improved habitat conservation globally;
  • The avoidance of the introduction of invasive alien species and pathogens into novel ecosystems, leading to local ecosystem protection and avoidance of eradication costs and other economic losses;
  • The avoidance of public injury and zoonotic disease and a reduction in the potential for the spread of emerging infectious diseases, leading to improved human health and safety and reduced healthcare costs and other economic losses;
  • The reduction of trade in both wild-caught and captive-bred wild animals, and the improvement in conditions in which captive wild animals are held, leading to a reduction in animal welfare problems;
  • An improvement in the protection and welfare of wild pets currently in captivity;
  • The reduction in resources required to monitor the trade in wild pets.

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