EU Research Study Reveals Increased Demand for Exotic Pets in Member States

Sapience, a Brussels-based independent research group, released a report on the volume of exotic animals imported, traded, and kept in the European Union (EU); the major differences in terms of import and keeping laws and procedures among selected EU countries; and the challenges to the welfare of the exotic pets traded and kept within the EU. Researchers found that the EU exotic pet trade involves at least millions of animals for the member states that were studied, and that a recent increase in the demand for exotic pets has triggered an increase in the number of veterinarians specializing in exotic animals. Animals who were available for online purchase included marmosets, caracals, servals, reticulated pythons, fennec foxes, and two-toed sloths.