Positive list of exotic animals, will this help prevent animal suffering?

Judith Dunkirk doesn’t think so. exactly the contrary. “Until recently, I have been breeding white-bellied cones for sale. I write books on the care and housing of these animals. Now that there is a positive list on January 1, 2024 that does not include these white-bellied cones, it seems that the demand is already increasing. She says:” It’s a worrying situation.”

What exactly is that positive list? In June of this year, World Animal Protection was pleased to announce that the government had published the new positive list. It lists 30 animals that can still be kept as pets. Is the animal not on the list? Then they can no longer be kept and are no longer allowed to reproduce. We spoke to Judith last August when she was still an active nanny for Witbuikegels. Grooming, breeding, and selling along with research, selling books, courses, and attending events was a full-time job. She can call herself a specialist. The white-bellied cone is no longer on the positive list. A good development that you think is suspicious, too.

New list valid in the new year

The new list is expected to come into effect from January 1, 2024. People who have an animal that is no longer allowed before that time may keep it until natural death. Breeding is also allowed until that date. The list is a European initiative, but it has not been implemented by all countries. Belgium has had such a list for years, but for now Germany will stick to housing legislation that states how animals are kept and what conditions breeders must meet. A simple trip across the border and you already have an animal that is not allowed in reality. Judith: “I stopped breeding last year, but that has a different reason. I’m still getting close to small white-bellied cones. I’m seeing an increase in demand now because keeping white-bellied cones is no longer allowed as of January 1, 2024. I’m afraid that with Ban, illegal keeping and breeding will disappear and more bread breeders will become active.They can sell an animal to people without properly educating them about how to care for and keep it.While many good breeders look at the animals’ character and health, it is also important, whether you have a feeling Good that the animals get a good home. I think the ban will backfire. My fellow breeders also report an increase in demand, holding my breath. This happened in 2015 with the first draft of the positive list, when I sometimes received 10 requests a day from people who wanted a belly cone White “same speed”.

Field research in Uganda

Judith will go to Uganda in June 2025 to conduct research, and the reason for stopping breeding is related to a sequel. “For my books and company, The Hedgehog Program, I want to do scientific research into the lifestyle of the white-bellied cone. For example, a comprehensive housing proposal can be made with the minimum requirements that accommodation must meet. Eating and living habits are also important, because with this The way an animal kept as a pet can lead a healthy life.Together with two biologists from England and the United States, a veterinary assistant from the Netherlands and an official from Canada, we will go to Uganda in 2025 for a three-week study.I don’t want my husband to He takes care of a large number of hedgehogs, so I stopped breeding early. The white-bellied cones I still have (eight) are already of retirement age and therefore no longer suitable for breeding. The flight is scheduled for June 2025, so it is very likely that All my hedgehogs die by then. Less worry.” It is hoped that the results of the research will lead to publication and substantiation of the new regulations. Germany has legislation related to animal shelter. This is applied relatively strictly. In the Netherlands it is believed that a positive list was used to examine the case, but there is no clear legislation or punishment for the violations. In my opinion an empty gesture,” Judith says. “Good breeders who take the time to educate people who are interested or even sell them don’t if you think it won’t work, and that’s your buy-of-the-moment motive, in my opinion that’s the best way to combat animal suffering.” In the case of the white-bellied cone, people see only a cuddly animal, but do not realize that they are not all equally cute and tame, but they are very defensive and require special care. However, with a lot of patience, good socialization from a young age and an owner who puts a lot of time bonding with the White Cone, they are a lot of fun, curious and very playful. We hope that people will take the time to think before bringing an exotic animal into their homes. Even if it is on the positive list. They’re still animals that don’t belong here.”

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