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Revised Position Statement - Capture of Wild Animals for the Pet Trade

February 23, 2018

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has revised the following position statement:

Capture of Wild Animals for the Pet Trade:
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is opposed to the capture of wild animals to be kept or sold as pets.

  • Exploitation of wildlife is a significant threat to global biodiversity.
  • Significantly high proportions of captured wild animals for the pet trade are injured or die during capture and transportation, thereby presenting welfare and ethical concerns.
  • Capture practices may lead to extensive habitat destruction and indiscriminate injury or death of non-target species.
  • Unregulated global trade in wildlife may contribute to foreign animal diseases, zoonoses, and introduction of invasive species which can have detrimental effects on local endemic populations of native wildlife.

View all CVMA position statements here.