On 6 June, Luxembourg has adopted a new Animal Welfare Act including Positive Lists for mammal and non-mammal pets and for animals used in circuses. The Positive Lists for pets detail the animal species that are allowed to be kept as pets in Luxembourg, limiting the range of allowed species to those assessed to be suitable for private households according to criteria of animal welfare, conservation and health reasons. Any animal not included on the Positive Lists can only be kept if strict conditions are applied.
After Belgium and the Netherlands, Luxembourg is the third EU Member State that has adopted the Positive List system to regulate the exotic pet trade and the first one to adopt a positive list for non-mammal pets!
In addition, Luxembourg has become the 15th Member State that banned the use of wild animals in circuses: the new legislation includes a Positive List of the animals that are allowed to be used in circuses, including only domesticated animals.