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ANIMAL AID CELEBRATE VICTORY FOR REPTILES

Posted 12 April 2001
Iguana

Animal Aid and the Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) are triumphant after hearing that Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council have refused to allow a reptile fair to go ahead on 29 April.

Said Animal Aid spokesperson Elaine Toland:

"We commend the council's decision and the outcome is obviously good news for the animals and regular users of the sports centre can breathe a sigh of relief. Even with the best intentions in the world, it's impossible to care for reptiles properly in captivity. According to US pet industry data, the majority of reptiles in captivity die within a year. In an artificial environment they also pose a significant risk to human health."

Walsall Council agreed not to license the fair as it would have been illegal under the Pet Animals Act 1951 to do so. Animal Aid wrote to the council at the end of January and enclosed details of a court case in Devon where magistrates ruled that animals should not be sold over stalls in a public place. Yesterday, after weeks of waiting for a decision, Animal Aid was told that the fair would be cancelled.

The Walsall fair was the second on the 2001 reptile calendar and the main event of the year in the Midlands. Last year, Animal Aid and the Captive Animals' Protection Society stopped 12 out of 15 reptile fairs taking place. This year the groups are working to build on their success in slowing down this vile trade in wildlife. According to RSPCA figures, over 90 per cent of reptiles in the pet trade are caught in the wild.

Reptile expert Clifford Warwick describes the trade as 'barbaric'. He says:

"The cumulative stresses and abuses of capture, trade, transport and ignorant husbandry set the scene for the demise of a great many reptiles before they even get to their final destination with the public."

Notes to Editors

  • For more information contact Elaine Toland on 01732 364546.
  • We have an ISDN line for broadcast quality interviews.
  • See also the reptile campaign index.

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