The solution: Positive Lists
There are several ways to regulate the keeping and sale of exotic pets in Europe, but a Positive List is the most effective, concise, transparent, enforceable and economically feasible way. Especially when considering the issues of invasiveness and human and animal health and risks, the open internal market makes it crucial to achieve Positive Lists in a significant number of EU countries.
AAP and Eurogroup for Animals, in collaboration with local partners, are behind the ‘Think Positive! Campaign’, which advocates for Positive lists throughout Europe. We inform policymakers and the public about the need for and advantages of a Positive List, and offer practical solutions and advice on its design and implementation.
There are different, complementary criteria that should be taken into consideration when designing a comprehensive Positive List, such as:
- Welfare and health of the animal
- Risk of invasiveness and other damage in case of escape or release
- Danger to public health and safety
- Risks to species’ conservation
The Positive List has been declared by the European Court of Justice (Andibel ruling) as a legally valid means to regulate the exotic pet trade, as long as it is done according to objective, non-discriminatory criteria.
So far three EU Member States, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, have formally introduced Positive Lists, with many others at different stages of the legislative process towards that end goal. The map below gives more information on the state of affairs per country.
Are you an NGO, agency or government and would like to learn more about the possibilities for a Positive List or to inform us of changes currently taking place in your country? Send us an email and let’s start talking!
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