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In his letter, Tariq Abou-Zahr (VR, 2 February 2019, vol 184, pp 157-158) states that: ‘decisions in law regarding minimum acceptable standards for keeping animals should ideally be based on sound scientific evidence’.
Abou-Zahr and colleagues’ information to Defra was opinion, evidentially unsupported, and caused the deletion of a voluntary higher minimum standard of 1 x snake length enclosures from animal welfare guidance.
In contrast, information from a raft of published peer-reviewed materials, qualified herpetologists, specialist exotics veterinarians, and …
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