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 NSW Government Approves Sale of Reptiles in Pet Stores

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The New South Wales (NSW) Government has overturned a ban on the sale of reptiles in pet stores. NSW pet store owners will be able to purchase a licence to stock selected native reptiles including lizards, snakes and turtles.  Australia’s peak pet industry body, the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA), welcomes the decision by the Minister for the Environment, Robyn Parker MP which brings NSW into line with all other mainland states and territories.


Prior to the decision, lizards, snakes and turtles could only be legally obtained in NSW from other people with a reptile keepers licence, but they could not be sold through NSW pet shops.


The ‘Approval for Reptiles to be sold in NSW Pet Stores’ policy was signed by Minister Parker on Thursday 21 March, witnessed by PIAA Chief Executive Roger Perkins and Director Bob Croucher.  PIAA Chief Executive Roger Perkins said the development was a huge win for the industry and its members, including retailers and reptile breeders, who were delighted with the outcome. ‘This is a milestone for the retail pet industry which has worked tirelessly for 15 years to achieve the commercial trade of reptiles through pet shops in NSW. It’s a win for the welfare of the reptiles, in that we can control the sale of reptiles more closely and ensure owners are better equipped with the correct information on how to care for their reptilian pet,’ Mr Perkins said. ‘Until now, reptiles in NSW were commonly purchased through backyard breeders, trade expos, markets or from interstate dealers.’


Under the new policy, licenses for pet shop owners and prospective reptile owners will be available through the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Pet shop owners wishing to stock reptiles will adhere to an ethical code of conduct. Similarly, reptile owners must be 16 years or over or have permission of a parent or guardian.


Monday 25 March 2013


For more information on how to obtain a fauna dealer’s license and species permitted to be sold by pet shops in NSW click here.

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