WORLD CAMEL’S DAY
As a series of world camel’s day endorsement from all over the world, I have received this piece of information from the head of the Dromacity France. She (Fra) is very vibrant and energetic and supporting camels her best at all levels. ” France is discovering camels (small and big) and the government is currently thinking about how to identify and take inventory of those animals. Non endemic in France, camels are always imported and it is usually done without any tractability. The government wants to order animals’ marking in order to limit health risks linked to the introduction (sometimes by mafia) of those animals classified as ‘exotic’ so ‘unusual’ by French customs services.
Dromacity participates to Ministry’s workshop which aims to create a common database for camels’ owners and holders. Today, almost only vets worked on the legislative text whereas they have only few experiences with those animals. DromaSud will be appointed by the Ministry to bring their knowledge and share their experience with vets, in order to help them know how to approach camels (less fear for small camels as llamas or alpacas).
In France, camels owners are rarely professionals (vets or farmers) but are usually fans who own few animals and never herds. Nevertheless, they have a major demand, claimed also by DromaCity: change the classification for camels, from ‘exotic’ to ‘livestock’ as horses. This change would allow free importation of animals selected by the buyer and will limit expensive sells managed by sellers who owns non-healthy animals (diseases, physical and/or psychological defects).
We hope that French government will change its mind on this law and open its borders to our favorite animals: camel!
This the fight we are leading!
What is said in the law:
Camels’ owners and holders must now register their animals in the common data base.
Holders have to mention the place where they hold the animal, and owners have to ensure the follow-up of ownership.
Moreover, registration of the identification of camels being in France, has to be done by the person doing the identification: the owner in case of auricular mark or the vet in case of subcutaneous transponder.
eSIRECam database should be live on second semester of 2016, camels owners will then have 1 year to be compliant with the law and register their animals.”