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Keeping exotic pets
  1. Martin Whitehead1 and
  2. Neil Forbes2
  1. Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital, Albion Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5BN
  2. Great Western Exotic Vets, Vets Now Referral Hospital, 10 Berkshire House, County Park Estate, Shrivenham Road, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 2NR
  1. email: martin{at}

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PETER Scott (VR, January 11, 2014, vol 174, pp 51-52), in response to our letter expressing concerns about the keeping of exotic pets (VR, December 7, 2013, vol 173, p 558), stated that it is not true that the UK is ‘being swamped by exotic pets ripped from the wild’. There is a dearth of evidence concerning the numbers and origins of the animals traded to become exotic pets. However, as pointed out by Elaine Toland (VR, January 11, 2014, vol 174, p 52) and Richard Kock (VR, January 18, 2014, vol 174, p 75), the evidence available indicates that a substantial proportion of imported exotic pets – a large number of animals – might be wild caught. We ask Mr Scott to provide evidence to support his assertion to the contrary.

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