Author: Pauline Davey

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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Pet shops asked for help over licensing response

3 April 2017 The three pet trade associations are asking for help on where pet shops source their animals from, as they look at how to respond to proposed changes to licensing in England. Pet Industry Federation, the Reptile & Exotic Pet Trade Association and the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association want pet shops to fill in a quick anonymous survey on whether or not they buy any of the animals they sell from private/hobby breeders (as opposed to commercial suppliers/wholesalers etc). The three trade associations will use the information to inform the work they are doing to respond to...

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Defra minister visits Pets at Home store during Invasive Species Week

Defra minister Lord Gardiner, OATA CEO Dominic Whitmee and Pets at Homes’ Aquatic Operations Manager Pete Carey are pictured during the visit. 30 March 2017 The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association welcomed the visit by Lord Gardiner to Pets at Home’s New Malden store during National Invasive Species Week. Lord Gardiner, who is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, visited the pet superstore yesterday (Wednesday March 29) to see what the industry is doing to promote the ‘no release’ message to customers. During his visit the Government minister saw how Pets at...

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