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Animal Welfare
Report highlights public health risks of ‘new companion animals’

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‘THE ever-increasing public demand for exotic animals is occurring largely in response to the latest trend coupled with poor knowledge of existing trade legislation, rather than a real and thoughtful interest in the animal. It enhances the development of illegal commerce which endangers the survival of these species, threatening ecosystems in the importing countries as well as in the country of origin. Furthermore, exotic imports present potential, or known, health and safety risks.’

So says a recently published report by the Eurogroup for Animals. The report provides an overview of zoonoses that may be carried by wild animals kept as pets, …

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