One of many UK’s final reptile markets is to cease after a marketing campaign by an animal rights group.
The Animal Safety Company (APA) mentioned it was “delighted” it had satisfied Doncaster Council to finish the present, with the ultimate occasion happening at Doncaster Racecourse on 19 June.
The group claimed the wild animals have been handled like “inanimate commodities” being displayed and offered in small, plastic takeaway tubs.
The Worldwide Herpetological Society, which organised the occasion, mentioned it was “saddened” to be leaving the city, which it blamed on “a marketing campaign of harassment” by activists.
The APA known as the choice by the council to not renew the contract with the organiser as a “historic breakthrough”.
The group has labored for a number of years with councils throughout the nation to clamp down on reptile markets.
“APA has labored tirelessly and professionally to finish doubtlessly unlawful buying and selling,” councillor David Shaw, chair of Doncaster Council’s licensing committee, advised the Native Democracy Reporting Service.
“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.”