By Frances Leate
A leading animal welfare organisation and environmental chiefs have joined forces in the fight against the illegal import of exotic animals.
The Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) has been consulted by the Supreme Council for the Environment (SCE) on new regulations that provide basic welfare standards for exotic creatures that should never have been brought here.
It follows a visit by SCE chief executive Dr Adel Al Zayani to the BSPCA's Animal Welfare Centre in Askar.
"The visit was a big deal for us," said BSPCA fundraising co-ordinator Joyce Hughes.
"It is great the powers that be are showing an interest - and he was mightily impressed with the centre too."
BSPCA officials gave Dr Zayani photographs of non-indigenous animals that the society had encountered in Bahrain.
Meanwhile, Bahrain's decision to join the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) last year was also discussed.
The country now has a responsibility to ensure all international trade of species listed in the convention remains legal, sustainable and traceable.
"Animal charities like the BSPCA are effective partners in the fight against illegally importing animals that may harm the indigenous ecosystem and food chain balance," said Dr Al Zayani. More....