Author: Pauline Davey

More pond plants banned from sale by the EU

21 July 2017 The European Union has added four more aquatic plants to the banned list of species that can no longer be sold in the UK in the future. Transitional arrangements will be in place to enable the plants to continue to be sold for a year – provided contractual arrangements ordering stock in these four plants are put in place before 1 August 2017. The industry will have a year to sell remaining stock so our advice to all plant growers, wholesalers and retailers is to read advice from Defra here and ensure a contract is in place...

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Wildlife crime presentation

  Our Chief Executive Dominic was asked to present at the recent Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime meeting, which brings together regulators, NGOs and businesses to tackle this issue. We have been discussing how we can work more closely with the National Wildlife Crime Unit, particularly around reporting illegal behaviour, and from this we asked if we could present to this forum. We wanted to highlight that industry does play its part in trying to tackle wildlife crime. Our point is always we want to be part of the solution and will play our part in tackling illegal...

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Welsh Assembly petition calls for an end to exotic pet trade

The Welsh Assembly’s Petitions Committee is currently looking at a petition submitted in March calling for an end to the exotic pet trade in Wales. You can see the full wording of the petition here where you will also see the correspondence between the committee and Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths. We were alerted to the petition so put together our own response to ensure that the other side of the argument is also heard. You can read the letter we sent to committee members here. You can read our information paper here. This...

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Wild caught fish at first hand

Back in January our Chief Executive Dominic visited the Rio Negro region of Brazil to see at first hand the work of Project Piaba and the fishing communities who make a living catching live fish for the aquarium industry. Read more about what he found...

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Wild caught report makes award shortlist

We are very pleased that our Wild Caught Ornamental Fish: the trade, the benefits, the facts report has been shortlisted for Publication of the Year award by the Trade Association Forum. It looks like we have some stiff competition from five other trade associations (including fellow pet industry colleagues at Pet Food Manufacturers Association) so we’ll see how we go on the night. We’ve obviously very proud of this report so to be even shortlisted is great! Here’s why we think it should win… With increasingly negative campaigns in the media regarding the collection and keeping of wild animals,...

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