Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has backed calls for more to be done to regulate the sale of exotic pets in the UK.
Attending the Parliamentary launch of ‘One Click Away’, a report into the online sale of exotic pets Justin signed a pledge calling on the Government to ‘undertake a review of exotic pet breeding, trade and keeping across the UK’, ‘improve the enforcement of all relevant legislation concerning the sale of exotic pets’ and ‘review the Pet Animals Act 1951 to reflect the increasing sale of animals over the internet’.
“This new report makes it clear that much more needs to be done to improve regulations governing the sale of exotic pets in the UK. The Internet has made exotic pets available at the click of a button, resulting in both mis-selling and unsuitable and sometimes dangerous animals being made readily available to the general public.
“It’s clear from the new research that the welfare of exotic animals in the UK is often not being adequately met and existing legislation and its enforcement falls short of protecting these often vulnerable animals.”
The ‘One Click Away’ report published jointly by animal welfare charities Blue Cross and the Born Free Foundation can be found at http://www.bluecross.org.uk/oneclick