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Animals: Imports

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many live wild animals have been imported into the UK in each of the last five years; (275938)

(2) what proportion of live animals imported into the UK was taken from wild populations in each of the last five years.

This information is not held centrally.

However figures are available for imports into the UK from non-EU countries of species listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Permits to allow the import of such species are issued by Animal Health's Wildlife Licensing and Registration Service. The vast majority of these relate to imports of species of the class Anthozoa, which includes sea anemones and corals.

Live wild-taken specimens

Of which: are of the class Anthozoa

2005

56,595

42,687

2006

55,112

44,256

2007

96,528

79,672

2008

82,102

61,529

2009 (to date)

15,704

11,994

These figures exclude some CITES listed leeches, which are measured in kilograms rather than number of specimens.