INVASIVE ALIEN PETS SOLD IN STORES
results obtained during the Invasive Alien Species National
Survey indicate that 10% of the species of fauna currently
registered in the Invasive Alien Species National Database
have been introduced for ornamental purposes and as pets.
According to article 31st of the Environmental
Crime Laws, the introduction of alien species without
any technical feedback favorable is considered a crime,
punished by detention and fines.
sale of species from non-registered breeders is considered
a crime, punished by imprisonment.
and can carry diseases to humans and other animals. They may
ultimately cause species to become extinct, and that has serious
effects to native animals and plants.
sale can be a very lucrative business; however, the
risks associated with releasing these animals in the
natural environment are not known to the general public.
The lack of attention to this problem can result in
serious detriment to biodiversity and to natural habitats.
After being released in the wild, invasive alien animals
outcompete native species, prey on native species, alter
the natural interactions between flora and
are powerful tools that must be used to reduce the spread
of invasive species.
selling of invasive alien fauna as pets is also encouraged
by illegal wild life smuggling. Species such as the
penicillata), native to the central–western
regions of Brazil, are commonly captured and sold as
pets. Wildlife smuggling is considered a crime according
to environmental law, punished by three months to a
year detention, depending on the harm inflicted on the
Even then these impacts can be mitigated. Information
stores to select species presenting the least environmental
threat, ultimately informing customers about the possible
impacts in case of release into the wild.
of Minutes and others documents about the iniciative:
19, 2006 - Lecture on invasive pets that threaten biodiversity
- (PDF 97KB) - Portuguese
09, 2006 - Meeting on invasive pets that threaten biodiversity
- (PDF 90KB)- Portuguese
04, 2006 - Minutes of meeting - (PDF 253KB)- Portuguese
28, 2006 - Minutes of meeting - (PDF 253KB)- Portuguese
10, 2006 - Minutes of meeting - (PDF 231KB)- Portuguese
30, 2006 - Minutes of meeting - (PDF 211KB)- Portuguese
28, 2006 - Minutes of meeting - (PDF 211KB) - Portuguese
19, 2006 - Minutes of meeting - (PDF 136KB) -
25, 2007 - Minutes of meeting - (PDF 133KB) -
February 14, 2007 - Minutes of meeting - (PDF
104KB) - Portuguese
February 22, 2007 - Minutes of meeting - (PDF
102KB) - Portuguese
March 01, 2007 - Minutes of meeting - (PDF 50KB)
March 06, 2007 - Minutes of meeting - (PDF 118KB)
2007 - Voluntary Codes of Conduct - (PDF 299KB)
2007 - Agreement for voluntary codes of conduct
- (PDF 1004KB) - Portuguese
OUR FOLDER (Portuguese - PDF 1.9Mb)
LIST OF INVASIVE ANIMAL SPECIES
THE BRAZILIAN LAW ON ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES (Portuguese)