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Support the adoption of an EU positive list of exotic pets determining which exotic animals can be traded and kept in the EU

Over recent years there has been a growing trend towards keeping exotic animals instead of traditional pets, making the EU a top importer of tropical fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. However, most species of exotic animals are unsuited to a life in captivity and it is extremely difficult for their owner to provide care, food and housing appropriate to their needs. Exotic species can also threaten local biodiversity and could negatively impact public health. An EU positive list would establish which species can be traded and kept as pets in a clear and comprehensive way, ensuring any species not on the list is actually forbidden.

Adopt an EU ban on the use of wild animals in circuses

Circuses fail to provide some of the most basic social, spatial and health requirements for wild animals. Those animals are obliged to perform unnatural behaviours and training procedures include physical punishment which are stressful for the animals. They are exposed to close confinement, large, noisy crowds of people, frequent traveling, inappropriate social groupings and disruption of established social ties. 24 EU Member States have now adopted limitations on using wild animals in circuses. A coordinated approach among Member States at the EU level is now needed to definitively end this archaic form of entertainment.

Promote coexistence with and non-lethal management of wildlife in the EU

In highly populated continents like Europe, wildlife is forced to coexist and integrate with human activities. Efforts to solve conflicts with wildlife should begin by addressing the causes of human–wildlife conflicts and developing a culture of coexistence with human practices. Addressing conflicts by non-lethal methods and minimising animal welfare harms to achieve peaceful coexistence should be promoted at EU level.

Support the adoption of national bans on fur farming and oppose initiatives which provide EU endorsement to the fur industry.

The breeding of animals for the purposes of fur production is opposed by the majority of EU citizens who believe that it is unacceptable, unnecessary and immoral to keep and kill animals for the production of a luxury product for which there are many more humane alternatives.In a context in which Member States are moving towards the banning of this cruel industry, the European Commission has recently announced that it will establish a second EU Reference Centre to focus also on the welfare of fur animals. This kind of initiatives give legitimacy to a cruel industry, are totally ineffective in improving the welfare of the animals and use the money of EU taxpayers for something that the majority of them consider unacceptable.