Positive lists for exotic pets get vote at LVS

Results from a straw poll held at London Vet Show revealed overwhelming support for evidence-based regulations to restrict the type of animals kept in UK homes.


The Animal Protection Agency is working to develop and galvanise support for positive lists. 

Delegates who took part in a straw poll at London Vet Show have voted overwhelmingly for greater restrictions on the exotic pet trade.

Asked if they would support “positive” or approved lists of species in the UK, participants voted 512 in favour and 1 against.


Positive lists are evidence-based regulations that permit the sale and keeping of species suitable to keep in the home, and that do not pose a disproportionate risk to people or the environment.

All other species are prohibited from being kept, or may only be kept with a special permit by those with specialist knowledge and facilities.


The Animal Protection Agency (APA) oversaw the poll and its director Elaine Toland was delighted with the results.

She said: “We are grateful to all those delegates who took part in the poll and offered their valuable insight.

“Throughout the two days, exotic animal vets and nurses in particular aired their frustrations about the poor state of animals that frequently present at their clinics, where even the most basic husbandry standards are not met.

“Some described the positive list proposition as a ‘no-brainer’.”

Working together

The APA is working as part of Eurogroup for Animals – alongside Animal Advocacy and Protection in the Netherlands and OneKind in Scotland – to develop and galvanise support for positive lists.

To raise awareness and encourage discussion within the veterinary profession about positive lists, it is organising a seminar for vets and VNs, called “Positively shaping the future of pet keeping”, in London in 2018 (date and venue to be confirmed).

For more information, email info@apa.org.uk with “PostiveList4Pets” in the subject line.