Zoos call on politicians to fix animal transfer issues caused by Brexit

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Zoos Call On Politicians To Fix Animal Transfer Issues Caused By Brexit Zoos Call On Politicians To Fix Animal Transfer Issues Caused By Brexit
In 2019, 1,400 animals were transferred from UK to EU Zoos and aquariums, compared to just 48 last year. Photo: Collins Dublin
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A cross border group of zoos and aquariums in Ireland and the UK have called on politicians to sort out animal transfer issues caused by Brexit.

The joint-letter urges the Taoiseach, the British prime minister and other named political figures calling for the transfer of endangered animals to return to pre-brexit levels.

It says delays at the border mean it simply is not possible to transfer animals because it would be a health risk to keep them in storage for so long.

In 2019, 14-hundred animals were transferred from UK to EU Zoos and aquariums, compared to just 48 last year.

The British and Irish Association of Zoos say it could impact the conservation of endangered animals, as they struggle to access breeding programmes.

Nicky Needham, Senior Manager at the British - Irish Association of zoos and aquariums told Newstalk the numbers have crashed since pre-Brexit times.

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“Before Brexit we would expect to see about 1,400 transfers of animals between the UK and the EU in both directions.

“Over these last two years we’ve seen 46 and we’re now looking at 50 for this year," she said.

“Really this is not sustainable long term. This is why we are so urgently calling for discussions to start around an SPF agreement.”

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