MEXICO Risk of Exotic Pets Morphing into Invasive Pests

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Une mexiciane sauve un perroquet lors d’une innondation au Mexique en novembre 2007 © AFP PHOTO/Alfredo ESTRELLA

Turtles, frogs, toads and many kinds of birds are imported into Mexico as pets by the thousands every year, but they constitute an environmental and economic threat when they are invasive exotic species.

Since April a reform of the General Law on Wildlife has prohibited imports of such species, but in practice Mexico continues to allow these animals to enter the country. Pet shops rely on them for their lucrative trade.

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