On 10 July 2013, AAP and Eurogroup for Animals organized an international seminar on Positive lists for exotic animals in Europe.
This seminar aimed at sharing information and experience related to the legislation on, and introduction and enforcement of Positive lists in Belgium, the Netherlands and in the EU. The event concluded with the commissioning of AAP’s new quarantine and primate hall by Dan Jørgensen, MEP, President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals. Over 70 people from 11 EU Member States and more than 40 European organizations participated in the event. Amongst them, there were representatives from national and European governments and parliaments, animal welfare organizations, rescue centres, veterinarians and scientists.
AAP is confronted daily with the necessity of regulations for keeping exotic animals. David van Gennep, Director of AAP: “We are extremely happy that the current Dutch government recently introduced a Positive list for our country. Experience tells us that discussions about Positive lists can drag out for decades, as it took the Netherlands 21 years.
Hopefully by sharing all accumulated knowledge, we can support and inspire other EU countries to expedite legislation on Positive lists. AAP is delighted to also be able to contribute to solving European enforcement issues, by putting into use the first wing of our new animal facilities today.”
The seminar brought good and bad news: unfortunately, statistics show a growing trend across Europe for citizens to keep exotic pets. More....