Doncaster to finish ‘UK’s largest reptile market’ at city’s racecourse after animal rights activist marketing campaign

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The Animal Safety Company (APA) mentioned Doncaster Council is not going to renew the contract with the Worldwide Herpetological Society (IHS) and no extra occasions on the city’s racecourse will happen after June 19.

However the organisers mentioned the choice was all the way down to ‘company bullying’ by ‘animal rights extremists’ in pressuring the council to make its choice.

The APA claims 1000’s of delicate wild animals at occasions like these have been handled like ‘inanimate commodities’ – displayed and offered in small, plastic takeaway tubs.

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Snakes being offered in plastic containers at a latest occasion. Image: APA

The group mentioned it’s labored for a number of years with councils to clamp down on reptile markets and the Doncaster meet is alleged to be the final within the UK.

Coun David Shaw, chair of Doncaster Council’s licensing committee, mentioned: “I’m grateful for the work put in by the Animal Safety Company over a few years, which has introduced us to this present place.

“APA has labored tirelessly and professionally to finish doubtlessly unlawful buying and selling. While I settle for that many unique animal keepers care for his or her animals, I discover this enterprise abhorrent and one thing that ought to not happen within the UK – and definitely not in Doncaster.”

Buying and selling in pet animals at market stalls was outlawed nearly forty years in the past on the grounds that ‘animal welfare can’t be ensured in momentary and makeshift environments’, the APA mentioned.

APA Director, Elaine Toland added: “We’re delighted to see this occasion coming to an finish.

“No animal deserves such maltreatment, and we at the moment are nearer than ever to utterly eradicating wild animal markets within the UK.”

However Richard Brook, I.H.S. occasion organiser, mentioned: “Our contracts with Doncaster Racecourse expire with the June present this yr, and the racecourse has been instructed – we consider by the mayor of Doncaster Council – to not settle for additional bookings from the Worldwide Herpetological society.

“This is because of a marketing campaign of harassment of the racecourse and Doncaster Council by Animal Rights activists.

“While it saddens the Worldwide Herpetological Society to be leaving Doncaster after almost twenty years, that is purely resulting from company bullying by Animal Rights extremists.”

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