We are calling for the UK Government to review and reform laws on exotic pet ownership. Consideration should be given to the development and implementation of a robust ‘positive list’ system which establishes a list of species permitted to be kept based on specific criteria, including their welfare needs.
It is currently legal in the UK to keep almost any wild animal as a pet, which can have severe consequences for animal welfare, conservation, human and animal health & safety and the risk of invasive species. Only in a few circumstances do individuals require a licence e.g., for the private keeping of Dangerous Wild Animals. As a result, the true scale and scope of exotic pet ownership is unknown.
Below you will find a number of actions you can take to help resolve the situation and learn more about Born Free’s research into Dangerous Wild Animals and the Exotic Pet Trade in the UK.
Thank you for your concern.
The Born Free Team
Use the link below to write to your MP using our template letter.
Politely but firmly ask him or her to support Born Free’s call for a comprehensive review of exotic pet legislation, and point out that decisions on whether or not wild animals can be kept as pets should be based on:
Help Born Free in its campaign for review and reform of laws relating to exotic pets by making a donation.
You can find out more about the exotic pet trade and the private keeping of wild animals in the UK in the joint Born Free and RSPCA 2021 report The Exotic Pet-demic: UK’s ticking timebomb exposed.