Mark Tami MP agrees that action is needed to regulate online sale of exotic pets

04/11/2015 MPs pledge support for Blue Cross and The Born Free Foundation, One Click Away Campaign.

04/11/2015
MPs pledge support for Blue Cross and The Born Free Foundation, One Click Away Campaign.

Mark Tami MP this week attended the launch in Parliament of ‘One Click Away’, a report into the online sale of exotic pets. Mark backed calls for more to be done to regulate the sale of exotic pets in the UK and has signed a pledge calling on the Government to undertake a review of exotic pet breeding across the UK.

Mark Tami, MP said: “The Internet has made exotic pets available at the click of a button, resulting in the mis-selling of unsuitable and sometimes dangerous animals. It’s clear from the new research that existing legislation and its enforcement needs to be addressed to protect these often vulnerable animals.”

The report published jointly by animal welfare charities Blue Cross and the Born Free Foundation is available here http://www.bluecross.org.uk/oneclick. The report finds that hundreds of exotic pets are available online on various websites, often poorly or incompletely listed.

Steve Goody, Deputy Chief Executive of Blue Cross said: “The findings of this report demonstrate beyond doubt the need for an urgent review of the regulation of the online sale of exotic animals as pets. Ideally the Government would undertake a number of key actions to ensure the welfare of exotic animals bought and sold online. These would include calling for a review of the exotic pet trade, calling for a review of the Pet Animals Act of 1951, an improvement in the enforcement of legislation and also ensuring stricter criteria for sellers”.