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Non-native Species

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 211686, tabled on 23 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the operation of the Invasive Alien Species Order 2019 will require animal rescue centres to kill healthy animals.

Answered on

31 January 2019

No. Animal rescue centres are not required to kill healthy animals. Healthy animals taken from the wild may be kept until the end of their natural lives, under licence, provided that they are prevented from breeding or escape. Centres may not, however, re-release those animals; this is to prevent them from further adding to the wild population.