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EU contemplating ban on invasive species

The European parliament is currently looking at the issue of Non Native Invasive Species (NNIS), sometimes called Invasive Alien Species (IAS). They are considering the way that NNIS are identified and controlled within the whole of the European Union, which of course includes the UK.

While everybody agrees that invasive species can be an issue, the way that they are identified and controlled could have a major impact on your hobby and your right to keep a pet reptile. Why? Well the method of classification could work in two different ways. If the EU legislation relies on a “White List”, that is a list of permitted species, then the default position would be for most species to not be on it. This means that when the legislation is introduced it will immediately become unlawful to trade in any species not on the permitted list, ie, corn snakes. In addition the legislation may also provide for the authorities to come and forcibly remove restricted animals from keepers that have been kept perfectly legally for many years!

The second option would be a list of restricted species, ie a “black list”. This means that species would be placed on the restricted list only after it has been shown to be a potential invasive species by scientific investigation.
It is quite clear that some species, and this legislation is designed to cover all organisms from bacteria to plants, reptiles and mammals, are invasive and can cause local damage to ecosystems. Legislation is clearly needed to control these. However, this legislation must be proportional, based on scientific data and respectful of pet keepers.

Currently the European parliament is carrying out an on-line consultation to gather the views of keepers and it is essential that keepers register their opinions. The more responses they receive the more chance we have of getting legislation that is fair to keepers as well as protecting the European ecosystems from invasive species. It is especially important to get feedback from mainland Europe, so if you know keepers, or are in, France, Spain, Belguim, Holland, Germany, etc. then please pass this information on to as many people as possible.

The Federation of British Herpetologists (FBH) has produced a document which gives some background information to the consultation and an explanation of the on line consultation. It also explains the FBH position and why this is the case. You can download the document from the FBH web site (www.f-b-h.org). Please read the documents before responding to the consultation. You can also see more information on the European Parliament web site or respond directly to the consultation at

Please take the time to read these documents and log onto the website and make your views known. We only have until the 12th of April to make our views known

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