and did not receive proper care.
Exotic pets in the EU
A monkey as a pet? Or some other exotic animal? You may think that’s something from the past, but it is still very common. Like chimpanzee Marria who lived with a family for years, with appalling consequences. Or serval Xirus who has deformities because he did not receive proper care.
In fact, in most EU countries it is perfectly legal to bring all kinds of exotic animal species into your home. The European Union is one of the largest markets in the world for exotic pets. This creates several problems.
Public health and safety
We advocate for a Positive List for pets throughout Europe; that is a list containing all animal species that have been found suitable as pets (by independent experts). All animals that are not on that list are automatically not allowed as pets.
We want more EU countries to work with such a list and eventually there will be a Positive List for the entire European Union. Such a Positive List can prevent a lot of animal suffering!
Results & impact
Are you curious which EU countries already work with a Positive List? Or which ones do not yet have one? Look at the map to see the current status per EU country.
At AAP, Xirus was able to regain his strength. Several examinations were necessary to monitor the recovery of the serval.