Avian and Exotics
Exotics may be considered any animal of a species that is non-native to and not normally domesticated, and that is produced, sold or kept as pets – that is, for display, amusement and/or companionship. Wild pets are offered for sale at markets in various parts of the world. Europe constitutes a very large market for pet reptiles. Between 2000 and 2005 imports into the EU of protected live reptiles represented 20% of this group in world trade at that time. According to trade statistics, between 2005 and 2007 the EU imported 6.7 million live reptiles. The RSPCA estimates that between 5.9 and 9.8 million live reptiles were imported into the EU in 2009 alone, a substantial rise from the 1.6 million imported in 2005. The majority of these animals were imported without any monitoring or control.