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Good Practice Guidelines

We have recently launched our Good Practice Guidelines, download them here, which were produced in association with the Reptile & Exotic Pet Trade Association (REPTA), the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA), the Pet Industry Federation (PIF), the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), The Pet Charity (TPC), Tortoise Welfare UK and many clubs and societies. This document has been endorsed by the UK Government and is the first such set of guidance to be adopted for the companion animal sector. This Document sets out guidelines to protect the welfare of privately kept reptiles and amphibians and underpins the Animal Welfare Act, 2006 by setting out the steps keepers need to consider to ensure they are complying with the legislation.

Hello and Welcome

Hello and Welcome to the website of the Federation of British Herpetologists (FBH), an organisation formed in 1995 to promote the interests of reptile and amphibian keepers. The FBH is an NGO (non-governmental organization) which supports and promotes the responsible keeping and study of reptiles and amphibians by private keepers in the United Kingdom. One of the principle roles of the FBH is to represent the interests of private keepers at a political level and engage with government, both local and central. We are also increasingly active at the European Commission, where decisions concerning the future of the hobby can have a serious impact on UK keepers.

The FBH represented the interest of private keepers throughout the passage of the Animal Welfare Bill (now Act), sitting on several governmental Working Groups, and ultimately giving evidence to the Select Committee. In addition, the FBH engages with numerous other governmental and non-governmental working groups/committees in order to ensure that the best interests of hobbyists are met.

The latest achievement has been the acceptance by government of our Good Practice Guidelines for Privately Owned Reptiles & Amphibians which underpins the Animal Welfare Act, 2006. This document was drawn up with the assistance of member clubs and societies, as well as welfare organisations and other interested parties, and was formally adopted on the 16th of March 2015. This is a major step forward in promoting responsible ownership of reptiles and amphibians and is the first such Code of Practice for private animal keepers to be adopted by government.

For more information please refer to our About Us page.

Kind Regards

Chris Newman



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