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Canada becomes leading exporter of Mexican tarantulas
Mexican breeders legally produce between 11,000 and 14,000 tarantulas every year.
Breeders trading more species to meet growing demand

Canada has overtaken Mexico to become the leading exporter of Mexican tarantulas.

According to BBC News, Mexican biodiversity expert Heiquio Benítez said that Canadian breeders were trading 14 species, while Mexican breeders were only exporting around five or six.

He added that growing demand for the arachnid had led Canadians to start breeding their own, instead of buying them from Mexico.

Mr Benetiz is reported to have made the comments at an international workshop on the trade and application of tarantulas, organised by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the Mexican Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity.

According to Mexico’s Biodiversity Commission, 14 out of the 24 species of Mexican tarantula live in Mexico. They are highly valued in the international pet trade, where an adult can fetch up to $8,000 pesos (around £300).

Every year, Mexican breeders legally produce between 11,000 and 14,000 tarantulas and individuals are exported to Canada and the United States. Recent demand from China, Japan and the European Union, however, has seen many breeders seize the opportunity to increase production.

To legally export Mexican tarantulas, breeders must obtain a permit or certificate issued by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The document confirms that the individuals come from a sustainable use and does not represent a risk to wild populations.

The Trinational Workshop on Trade and Application of Legislation on Tarantulas was attended by more than 40 experts among producers, importers, marketers, investors, civil society and authorities from Mexico, the United States and Canada.

The event examined a number of ways to promote the legal, sustainable and traceable trade of Mexican tarantulas as a strategy for their conservation. 

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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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BSAVA announces winner of 2019 Bourgelat Award

One of the world’s leading small animal medicine specialists is set to receive the prestigious Bourgelat Award at BSAVA Congress 2019.

Professor Mike Herrtage will be recognised for his major research into metabolic and endocrine diseases, including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.

During his career, Prof Herrtage has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and written more than 200 other publications such as abstracts, books and chapters. He also continues to be a source of inspiration for thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary surgeons.