Dutch Positive List for mammals allowed to be kept as pets: a welcome move

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Dutch Positive List for mammals allowed to be kept as pets: a welcome move

3 February 2015
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Eurogroup for Animals welcomes today’s publication by the Dutch Government of its Positive list on the keeping of mammals as pets which will come into force on 1 February 2015. This decision clearly determines which animals are suitable to be kept as pets or which can only be kept if strict conditions are applied. This has taken 22 years to be achieved, through the concerted and proactive work of many organizations including our member Stichting AAP and we look forward to other EU member states following suit.

Eurogroup for Animals welcomes today’s publication by the Dutch Government of its Positive list on the keeping of mammals as pets which will come into force on 1 February 2015. This decision clearly determines which animals are suitable to be kept as pets or which can only be kept if strict conditions are applied. This has taken 22 years to be achieved, through the concerted and proactive work of many organizations including our member Stichting AAP and we look forward to other EU member states following suit.

Commenting on the introduction of this list, Director at Eurogroup for Animals Reineke Hameleers said: “We are very pleased with this list and hope we will see the number of exotic animals kept as pets decrease quickly. We are confronted everyday across the EU with owners who want to dispose of their exotic pets because the animal has become difficult to manage, requires expensive specialist care and food or purpose built and secure living conditions. These pets are often the result of a poorly thought out or impulsive purchase and the positive list will take away this temptation.”

The method of determining whether an animal species is suitable to be kept as a pet is based on a method developed by the University of Wageningen. Eurogroup for Animals supports this system as it has a scientific basis and additionally recognizes animal welfare as one of the main criteria in evaluating the different species.

“This list is a starting point and of course there is always something else that could be added or improved in particular concerning the animals contained on the list of animals which can under specific circumstances be kept as in reality it will be impossible for owners to meet the guidelines which could still result in certain animals’ welfare being compromised. However the list is a major step forward and can only improve over time,” concluded Hameleers.

These pets are often the result of a poorly thought out or impulsive purchase and the positive list will take away this temptation.
Reineke Hameleers, Director at Eurogroup for Animals