Author: Pauline Davey

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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Imports through UK airports

We are aware that since the National Clearance Hub moved to a new telephone system (and have been given extra responsibilities) importers using airports have been having problems getting through to check the status of their consignments. The Hub is aware of the issue and is trying to rectify it. In the meantime, they have asked that if people have problems getting through on the Imports helpline (0300 0588454) they can try the Exports helpline (0300 0588401). They assure us that staff on the Exports helpline have been told they should not refer anyone back to the Imports helpline....

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Pet owners have a powerful voice in this election

We have joined forces with the Pet Charity and REPTA to send a leaflet outlining just how great pets are to would-be politicians and to point out that almost half of the voters they meet when canvassing will be living with a pet of some kind. You can read the leaflet in full by clicking on the image below. Did you know? Owners spend around £6 billion a year on their pets, including foods, accessories and veterinary care This generates taxes of more than £2 billion annually More than 50,000 people are employed in the pet industry Pets are...

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OATA CEO joins European Pet Organisation as Vice President

17 May 2017 OATA’s Chief Executive Dominic Whitmee has been invited to join the European Pet Organisation’s (EPO) board as Vice President. EPO brings together national pet trade associations across Europe to collaborate and represent the pet industry at a European level. “Many of the pressures facing our industry, such as the call for positive lists to limit the species that can be kept as pets, are driven by what’s happening in Europe and, as Britain approaches leaving the European Union, the UK’s voice will inevitably weaken,” said Dominic. “So I’m very pleased to join EPO’s board at this...

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