Norway says ‘no way’ to the trading and keeping of exotic wildlife

European NGOs including the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) have supported the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance (NAPA) in their campaign, over several years, to keep the ban.

The announcement by the Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food was greatly welcomed by campaigners who have argued that lifting the ban would pose a threat to people and wildlife. A recent scientific study showed:

  • at least 75% of reptiles die within one year in the home even though they have potential life spans ranging from 8-120 years, depending on species
  •  over 40 human diseases associated with reptiles and amphibians, which are of growing concern to public health experts.

In 2009, several organisations, including WSPA and NAPA, commissioned an independent scientific assessment of the proposal to open trade. The report concluded no amphibians or reptiles make ‘suitable’ pets. Those campaigning to lift the ban argued that the illegal trade and keeping of these animals would be better addressed if the trade were legalised and monitored. That claim has been rejected.

Dr. Neil D’Cruze, WSPA Wildlife Campaign Leader said:

“The exotic pet trade represents a very real threat to both animal welfare and human health.

“By retaining this ban the Norwegian Government has taken action that will benefit both animals and people, and WSPA are delighted with the decision.”

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