Hands Off Our Hobby Campaign

Hands Off Our Hobby

Welcome to the Hands Off Our Hobby Campaign page!

This campaign was launched in response to the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Mr Richard Lochhead wanting to launch a review into the trade and importation of exotic animals for the pet trade in Scotland, after meeting animal rights organisation OneKind.

We in turn launched a campaign entitled ‘Hands Off Our Hobby’ alongside The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) launching their ‘Hands Off My Hobby’ Campaign both of which have petitions on Change.org with a view to presenting these with evidence to the relative ministers in parliament defending our hobby and right to keep exotics as pets.

Reptiles and Amphibians have been kept from as early as 1625 in this country and we have a rich history of doing so with the numbers of people keeping reptiles and amphibians outstripping the number keeping dogs now and yet they wish to ban us from doing so.

Reptiles and Amphibians are the 2nd safest pets to keep just behind fish and far ahead of more conventional pets with admittance to hospital A&E departments for reptiles being just 0.04% of those by dogs when the numbers kept are surprisingly similar.

How can you help?
  • 1. Sign the petition @Change.org
  • 2. Like our Facebook Page for the latest updates
  • 3. Use our Letters and the links below to write to your MP and Prospective Parliamentary candidates to gain assurances that they will support our cause.
  • 4. Download our Posters and Flyers and hand them out and put them up to raise awareness.
  • 5. Get all your Friends to do the same and spread the word because after the exotics the Animal Rights Groups WILL target non exotics too.

  • Write to your MP or PPC

    Use our letters to write or E-mail you local MP or PPC to get assurance from them that they would not support any sort of restricion on the keeping of exotics.

    We have a letter for Hobbyists and one for Industry so please download them fill in the necessary parts and send them off any replies you get you can send to us either via our Facebook Page or via Our Email

    Your MP can be found usng these sites www.writetothem.com or www.theyworkforyou.com

    Your PPC's can be found at their specific political parties websites, links below.

  • Conservatives
  • The Labour Party
  • Liberal Democrats
  • UKIP
  • The Green Party
  • Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • Plaid Cymru (Party of Wales)
  • Download and Display our Posters and Flyers
  • Keep Calm Poster
  • Lord Kitchener Your hobby needs YOU Poster
  • Speak up and be Counted Flyer
  • Scottish Government Flyer
  • Scotish Government picture Flyer
  • UK Government Flyer
  • A Brief History of Reptile Keeping Poster
  • Exploding the MYTH of Dangerous Reptiles Poster
  • How Attitudes have Changed Poster
  • What You can do to Help Poster

  • Sign up for our Newsletter


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