COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Endangered species

This baby Cayman crocodile, sold in a pub for £20, is one of the many reasons why the RSPCA is calling for an EU-wide ban on the trade in exotic reptiles. In a new report, "Far from home", the charity claims thousands of chameleons, crocodiles and certain species of lizards and snakes are dying from bone disease and digestive disorders. The report is part of a six-month campaign to get the EU to table a discussion on the issue. The RSPCA has already lobbied Margot Walstrom, the environment director-general at the European Commission and has appealed to other NGOs as well as members of local RSPCA branches to support it in demanding an EU decision by the end of the year.

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