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Wildlife trade
International wildlife trade is largely unregulated
  1. Martin Whitehead, practitioner
  1. Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital, Banbury Road, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5SY
  1. email: martincnvets{at}

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Josh Loeb (VR, 3/10 October 2020, vol 187, pp 247, 248) discusses a recent analysis1 of commercial imports of live, non-domesticated animals into the UK between 2014 and 2018, as recorded in the APHA Trade Control and Expert System database. The analysis excluded domesticated species, gamebirds, fish and species protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

As noted in the analysis,1 wildlife trade records can be error-prone, incomplete and characterised by a degree of uncertainty, so recorded numbers will not perfectly reflect actual imports – did the UK really import over …

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