The commercial trade in wild animals is a multibillion dollar industry that threatens the survival of many species and results in the inhumane treatment of countless animals every year. Environmental Defenders Office and Humane Society International have prepared a report on best practice provisions to deal with this in national law.
This report proposes stronger measures for wildlife trade in Australia’s legal regime to minimise these risks. Critical recommendations include the application of more rigorous non-detriment tests for commercial trade, a robust conservation beneﬁt test for trade to be eligible to be treated as non-commercial and for the welfare of individual animals to be given primary consideration as part of any wildlife trade approvals.
This report is intended to be read as a companion to the EDO NSW and Humane Society International Australia 2018 report Next Generation Biodiversity Laws – Best practice elements for a new Commonwealth Environment Act.