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S5W-04082: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to its news release of 16 February 2015, Review of exotic pet trade, whether it will (a) provide an update on the progress of the review and (b) confirm what plans it has for a public consultation on the subject.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 4 November 2016

The review of the exotic pet trade is part of a wider review of pet welfare, which is a substantial and on-going piece of work. Initial meetings with stakeholders have already been held on exotic pets and breeding and sale of pets and further meetings are planned to discuss what the welfare challenges are and on how animal welfare might be best assured in various situations.

Once the review is completed, proposals for changes to the current legislation and/or policies relating to pet welfare will be developed and, in due course, consulted on. It is still too early in the process to suggest what those changes might be.