About Us

The Animal Protection Agency Foundation was set up to carry out, or commission, research into the impacts of the wildlife trade on individual animals, biodiversity and the natural environment, as well as the risks of infectious disease transmission between wildlife and people. The Foundation conducts awareness raising programmes on all issues concerning the trade in wild animals as pets.


Press releases

Large- scale reptile dealer issued with formal caution for illegal sale...

A formal caution was issued last week by Doncaster City Council to a snake dealer for illegally trading animals at a reptile market held at... read more

25.09.2023 • By Animal Protection Agency Foundation

Guildford Council is commended for preventing illegal reptile trading as...

A planned reptile market at Normandy Village Hall, Guildford on 15 October 2022 has been cancelled by the venue manager following advice from... read more

11.10.2022 • By Animal Protection Agency Foundation

Reptile market stopped in its tracks at Kempton Park Racecourse

An advertised event at which thousands of reptiles and amphibians would have been sold at Kempton Park Racecourse on Sunday 14 August 2022 has... read more

10.05.2022 • By Animal Protection Agency Foundation

Animal welfare campaigners celebrate as fate is sealed for UK’s most...

The Animal Protection Agency (APA) is today celebrating a historic breakthrough in ending illegal market trading of exotic animals. This follows... read more

07.04.2022 • By Animal Protection Agency Foundation

Animal Protection Agency calls for an urgent shake-up of how governments...

The Animal Protection Agency (APA) is calling on governments to prioritise information firstly from independent scientists, secondly from animal... read more

14.06.2021 • By Animal Protection Agency Foundation

Let’s get it straight – snakes need to stretch!

A new scientific review by leading experts in snake welfare has found overwhelming and robust evidence to show that minimum enclosure... read more

26.05.2021 • By Animal Protection Agency Foundation

New report warns that UK could become next Wuhan - yet Doncaster...

The Animal Protection Agency (APA), an organisation campaigning against the trade in wild animals as pets, has called on the government to halt... read more

19.03.2021 • By Animal Protection Agency Foundation

Animal groups call on governments to make their lists, and check them...

In a new scientific paper, animal protection groups in Europe, the USA and Canada are recommending that governments adopt stricter measures to... read more

16.12.2020 • By Animal Protection Agency Foundation

UK exotic pet markets could harbour next pandemic

The Animal Protection Agency (APA) is warning the government not to underestimate the pandemic potential of UK wildlife markets. In England,... read more

16.07.2020 • By Animal Protection Agency Foundation

Exotic pets are deprived of basic freedoms

A least 13,000 species and over 350 million animals are traded annually worldwide for the exotic pet industry, and most are kept in small cages... read more

13.07.2020 • By Animal Protection Agency Foundation

BBC Trust Committee botches investigation into Watchdog’s report on Pets...

In its final task as the BBC’s main ‘complaints unit’, the BBC Trust Committee has criticised the highly respected consumer programme Watchdog... read more

25.03.2017 • By Animal Protection Agency Foundation

Scientist compares death rates in the aquarium and pet reptile trade to...

Scientist compares death rates in the aquarium and pet reptile trade to a slaughterhouse A damning article about the exotic pet... read more

12.11.2014 • By Animal Protection Agency Foundation

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