Pet Code of Practice

Codes of practice are designed to encourage people to act responsibly. For non-native species problems it is vital that people carry out their activities (for example growing plants for garden centres, trading in exotic plants, holding a private collection of plants or animals or owning a pet) in a responsible and informed manner to minimise the risks to the environment.

A Pet Code of Practice has been developed by the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) and the Reptile and Exotic Pet Trade Association (REPTA) to help pet owners understand their responsibilities.

Pet Code of Practice (PDF)

This Code is based on a Council of Europe document which has more detailed advice on keeping pets.

European Code of Conduct on Pets and Invasive Alien Species (PDF)

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