Easier to import giraffes under new EU rules

May 7, 2013
One-month-old Ugandan giraffe calf Eric scratches an itch in his enclosure at Berlin's Tierpark zoo on April 19, 2013. New EU rules agreed Tuesday make it easier to import elephants, giraffes, rhinos and all other such non-domestic hoofed animals.

New EU rules agreed Tuesday make it easier to import elephants, giraffes, rhinos and all other such non-domestic hoofed animals.

The rules approved by the Standing Committee for the Food Chain and (SCOFCAH) will simplify "the safe import of these animals and reduce the risk of illegal imports", a European Union statement said.

"The animals covered by the new rules are not intended to enter the but only for public display, education, conservation of the species and other scientific purposes," it added.

Up until now the importation conditions for non-domestic ungulates—animals with hoofs—were extremely stringent, hindering the import of animals which are often of endangered species and sought for conservation programmes.

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