Recommendations from the report
Blue Cross and The Born Free Foundation make the following recommendations:
Review of the exotic pet trade
Westminster and devolved administrations undertake a full review of the exotic pet trade. This should cover all aspects of ownership, including the breeding, trade and keeping of exotic animals across the UK.
Review the Pet Animals Act 1951
There is an urgent need for the government to review and update the Pet Animals Act 1951 to reflect the large-scale and increasing sale of animals over the internet. There needs to be greater clarity as to the criteria that must be met in order for premises to be licensed under the Pet Animals Act.
Improve enforcement of legislation
Improved enforcement of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and EU Wildlife Trade Regulations (ECc) 338/97. Sellers should be required to state if any species they are advertising require a dangerous wild animals licence or an endangered species certification.
Ensure stricter criteria for sellers
Websites should ensure that listed adverts contain specific information. This should include greater details about the animal for sale. Sellers should not be able to sell ‘various birds’, for example. Exotic pets advertised online should, at the very least, be listed by their correct species, and sellers should state how many animals they are advertising for sale, their sex and their age. Sites offering animals for sale should list basic welfare requirements that must be met by buyers and sellers. Online sellers with a pet shop licence should be made to state this on their adverts.