Animal Aid


Posted 14 March 2001

Animal Aid and the Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) are jubilant after hearing that the Guild Hall in Stockport refused to allow a reptile fair to go ahead this Sunday.

Animal Aid spokesperson Elaine Toland said:

"We commend this sane and rational decision. Reptiles are highly sensitive and extremely difficult to look after, even on a basic level. According to US pet industry data, the majority of reptiles in captivity die within a year. The poor facilities and husbandry at these fairs puts the animals, many of whom will have been wild caught, under acute stress which even specialised vets are frequently incapable of recognising and interpreting."

Stockport District Council agreed not to license the fair but the fair organiser argued that a license wasn't needed as no commercial traders would be there - only private breeders selling their own pets. However, pressure from Animal Aid and CAPS with support from local councillors persuaded the Guild Hall not to allow the event.

The Stockport fair was the first on the reptile calendar and the main event of the year in the North West. Last year, Animal Aid and the Captive Animals' Protection Society stopped 12 out of 15 reptile fairs taking place. This year the groups are working to build on their success in slowing down this vile trade and curbing the trafficking of wildlife.

Reptile expert Clifford Warwick's one word definition for the reptile pet trade is 'barbaric' . He says:

"The long term psychological and behavioural deprivation caused by capture, storage, packaging and transport means that these creatures endure lives of severe misery."

Notes to Editors

  • For more information contact Elaine Toland on 01732 364546.
  • We have an ISDN line for broadcast-quality radio interviews.
  • See also reptile campaign index.

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