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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.
Mr Scott …
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