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Plans for a review of exotic pet trade in Scotland

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THE BVA has welcomed a commitment from Richard Lochhead, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, to review the trade and importation of exotic animals for the pet trade in Scotland. John Blackwell, the BVA President, said, ‘Any review at a national level that helps us better understand the welfare issues involved with the breeding, sale and ownership of exotic species can only be a good thing, emphasising the need for robust enforcement of current legislation and encouraging the UK pet industry to provide effective and consistent welfare and husbandry advice at the point of sale.’

The commitment to the review followed discussions between Mr Lochhead and the animal welfare charity OneKind. Mr Lochhead said that he was keen to review current legislation governing the trade and explore …

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