The Daily Telegraph

Charities critical of exotic pet laws


The UK’S “piecemeal” laws governing the keeping of exotic pets need a radical overhaul, campaigner­s say, following research revealing the wild animal trade is driving devastatin­g biodiversi­ty loss.

The Born Free Foundation and the RSPCA want a system where the public choose a pet from a list of permitted animals, rather than dangerous or threatened species being banned on a case-by-case basis.

They said the current approach is piecemeal and leaves lawmakers playing catch-up as new species are discovered and quickly exploited.

The report The Exotic Pet-demic: UK’S ticking timebomb exposed was published by the charities ahead of the second reading of the Government’s Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill. It found around 1.8 million reptiles, amphibians and invertebra­tes were kept in UK homes.

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