After 22 years finally a Positive List for pets

AAP happy with the legislation

As of 1 February 2015 the pet list for mammals, or Positive List, will be in force in the Netherlands. This new regulation determines which animals are suitable as pets and which ones may only be kept subject to strict conditions. Only animals that are featured on this list may be kept at home. For Stichting AAP this is a huge milestone, after 22 years of campaigning together with other animal welfare organizations.

Kinkajou FrantzDirector David van Gennep: "We're very happy with this list. AAP is faced on a daily basis with owners who want to get rid of their exotic pet, because the animal was an ill-conceived, impulsive purchase. Raccoons, skunks or even kinkajous: You wouldn't believe the range of animals that get brought in here. The situation is so serious that the demand for housing facilities is considerably higher than the capacity of our rescue centers. We expect the Positive List to improve the welfare situation of the animals."

Whether an animal species is suitable as a pet is determined by a method developed at the University of Wageningen. AAP supports this system because it is scientifically based and furthermore animal welfare is one of the essential criteria in the evaluation of the various species. AAP experts assisted with the evaluation and AAP provides practical and scientific information.

Naturally there is still room for improvement. In particular the list of animals that are permitted to be kept under specific circumstances still raises a number of questions. Van Gennep explains: "The keeping guidelines for animals that can be held only under species-specific requirements need to be thoroughly chosen. The ones for keeping a zebra, for instance, are very specific. This is necessary in order to protect the animals’ welfare and ensure that only knowledgeable owners will be able to meet them."

Note: The Positive List is not yet complete. Not all species of mammals have been evaluated yet; this will happen in the coming months. People who already own a pet that is no longer allowed by the Positive List may keep their animal until its death – provided they don't use it for breeding or trading.


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