Status: 05/24/2022 6:39 PM
Cats and dogs are the most popular pets, but some owners prefer more exotic breeds. Maybe not necessarily tigers, but some species of birds or reptiles. Four EU countries are now demanding a ban on it.
According to several EU countries, some wild animals such as iguanas, some birds or fish should no longer be allowed to be kept as pets. As shown in a paper from Cyprus, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta, the background is related to animals, species and health security. The countries presented the initiative at the meeting of the EU Agriculture Ministers.
Stress, depression and behavioral problems
“It is well documented that trade in exotic species is one of the greatest threats to biodiversity,” the four countries wrote in their letter. Many captive wild animals have been in the wild before. Animal sufferings include stress, boredom, depression and serious behavioral problems such as self-mutilation.
While cats or dogs can live long and happily in the company of humans, this is not the case with some species of birds or reptiles. Wild animals have complex social and nutritional needs that make it difficult for ordinary keepers to “provide them with the care they need”.
Germany wants to support the advance
Federal Agriculture Minister Kem zdemir (Greens) announced that Germany would support the initiative. “It is clear that keeping wild animals at home poses a health hazard to animals, but also to people,” he said in Brussels.
In particular, it is proposed to introduce a so-called positive list. Any animal that is not on this list will no longer be allowed to be kept privately in the EU. However, the proposal does not specify which animals should be on this list.
In addition, four EU countries refer to a study by the United Nations Environment Program, according to which many animals died during capture or transport. In the case of gray parrots, which are popular in animal husbandry, two-thirds will die in captivity.
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