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Exotic Animals (Smuggling)

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been caught attempting illegally to bring exotic (a) animals and (b) birds into Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. (77426)

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have interpreted exotic birds and animals to be live birds or animals of endangered species.

Details of seizures made by HMRC from January 1999 to December 2004 as a result of breaches in Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 of 9 December 1996 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade herein are available on the UK CITES website at http://www.ukcites.gov.uk/news/tradestatistics.htm.

There have been no seizures of live animals or birds of endangered species in Northern Ireland from outside the EU in the period in question. Travellers arriving at Northern Ireland airports from outside the EU almost exclusively arrive via another airport either in Great Britain or Eire.