The prohibition of the ownership and breeding of certain animal species by individuals is nothing new in Turkey. Spain nor anything invented by the present State. Many since 2013 Spanish Invasive Alien Species Catalog This categorically prohibits keeping raccoons, parrots, budgies, Vietnamese boars, peninsula tortoises, hedgehogs or coatis in the house, among other animals.
Establishes a future standard array Conditions for an animal to be considered a domesticated animal. To do this, it must be included in the list of allowed species, which will be approved after the approval of the law.
In general, these requirements are due to the fact that the species is easy to care for in terms of ecological, physiological and ethological needs, it has been scientifically proven that it can live in captivity, and it does not pose a risk to humans. depends on its aggression, venom or size, and if it escapes there is no risk of becoming an invasive species, colonizing habitats and causing environmental damage.
According to these criteria; The Animal Welfare Act prohibits owning at home.:
-Birds native to other countries
Purpose: avoid invasive species
In the case of the rodents mentioned in the previous list, the reason for their ban is to protect the wild and native fauna of the natural environment: “They will not be included in the list of positive pets. Species whose invasive nature is certain or which, in the absence of escape and control, pose or may pose a serious risk to the conservation of biodiversity,” the law states.
This is for the same reason Rabbit with more than one and a half million specimens in Spain in 2020, causing serious damage to the environmentturned out to be a somewhat accepted pet among many people.
even turtlesVery popular in many households, they will also be banned, and this is because, according to the Ministry of Ecological Transition, they are animals that contain a significant amount of pathogenic vectors, such as parasitic fungi, and are therefore infectious.
ban lovebirds According to the Ministry of Social Rights, “species of wild fauna not naturally found in Spain” have a reason to exist, excluding parrots, budgerigars and other non-native birds of the country.
The pending legal text has not yet established a list of permitted animals that must be approved by the Government within a maximum of 48 months from the law’s entry into force.
Inequality of criteria in Europe
There seems to be no consensus among the countries. EU about what to understand from a pet. e.g Belgium, Rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, deer, guinea pigs or squirrels are allowed where the Animal Welfare Act has also just been passed.
Inside HollandWith a similar law in place since 2015, the list of permitted species has been reduced to 30, including wild boar, alpaca or buffalo, along with various rodent species, as well as rabbits and ferrets.
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