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Two Definitions of Trade

04-26-2010


Parrots in Pieces

ParrotWith the current Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Conference of the Parties having just finished in the Gulf state of Qatar, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the consequences of the ban on the importation of African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) and other birds into the European Union, which was imposed in 2007 because of fears over avian flu.

Prior to the ban, both CITES and the EU had both expended considerable sums of money helping range states in Africa to survey grey parrot populations and set up export quotas for these birds.

Although there is still some trade taking place, ironically to the Gulf states, such as Qatar, and further afield in Asia, trappers have now turned to a grisly way to make up for their loss of income. They are now killing the birds that they catch, and selling the body parts. Apparently, a dismembered grey parrot can sell for a similar price to one that is exported live. However, this gruesome trade does not show up on CITES’s statistics, being regarded as internal trade unless the pieces are exported and so could be threatening parrot populations in these countries.

New Trade Show Proving Popular

There is considerable enthusiasm within the UK’s aquatic trade for the forthcoming Aqua 2010 show, which will be held October 6-7, 2010, at the Telford International Centre, in the English county of Shropshire, close to the Welsh border. This is the first show of its kind, and major companies such as Tetra and King British have confirmed they will be exhibiting. This is even better news for the organizers, given that this is an Interzoo year, when many manufacturers devote their budgets to this major biennial European event.

The trade show scene seems to be in transition in the UK at the moment, following growing disenchantment over GLEE--the combined garden and pet trade show--which has been the major event on the U.K. calendar during recent years. There has been an increasing feeling that the size of this event, in conjunction with the relative lack of focus on pets, was not proving helpful for the industry.

Already this year, smaller specialized pet trade shows, organized on a regional basis, have attracted keen support from exhibitors and retailers alike. In the current financial climate--and with time being at a premium--there seems to be a growing enthusiasm for scaled-down events of this type, on the part of both manufacturers and retailers.



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