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RSPCA Policy E6 Import and export of wild animals

6.1The RSPCA opposes the import or export of animals taken from the wild as the capture, transportation, confinement, and acclimatisation of wild animals poses risks of injury, pain, suffering, or distress.
6.2Export of captive-bred native animals should only be permitted where it is being done to protect and conserve an endangered species and from a government-approved facility in Australia to an equivalent government-approved facility overseas where adequate care can be guaranteed.
6.3The RSPCA urges that priority be given to implement measures to combat the illegal wildlife trade (including body parts) to improve detection, early intervention, and appropriate treatment of confiscated animals.

(adopted 08/04/2024)

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Updated on April 24, 2024

RSPCA policies reflect the best available evidence to direct and guide RSPCA and others, to promote and achieve good animal welfare outcomes.

Reference to ‘the RSPCA’ or ‘RSPCA’ in this document means RSPCA Australia and each of the RSPCA Australia member Societies.

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