The Wild Futures’ Exotic Animal Trade symposium is organised by Wild Futures as an annual event to discuss the welfare and conservation implications to the exotic animal trade.
Wild Futures is the only UK primate welfare and conservation charity rescuing, campaigning, educating and providing sanctuary to primates in need. Its rescue and rehabilitation work is carried out at its sanctuary, based in Looe, Cornwall. Founded in 1964, its flagship project The Monkey Sanctuary, has a well-established reputation for offering outstanding levels of welfare and innovative care management for all of its primate residents. It is the first and only sanctuary in Europe to be accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).
This year's Exotic Animal Trade Symposium is being hosted by Plymouth University. The exotic animal trade in the UK involves a variety of species such as monkeys, meerkats, reptiles, turtles, raccoons, parrots and many others, all of whom are wild animals which belong in their natural habitat, not cages in somebody’s home.
The exotic animal trade undermines valuable conservation efforts in native habitat countries. While many exotic pets are bred in this country specifically for the pet trade, some are taken from the wild. For the UK to lead the way in animal welfare while also being taken seriously in the global conservation community, we need to regulate the exotic trade more closely and educate the public further about the implications to both welfare and conservation efforts that the exotic trade represents.
The symposium includes speakers from Wild Futures, the RSPCA, Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG) and Greg Glendells’ Parrot Behaviour Consultancy. Each speaker will cover their role within the exotics trade and the issues they are confronted with.
The symposium is free to attend but donations to Wild Futures are appreciated. For more information or if you are interested in attending, please email Paul Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.