No more moose as pets in the Netherlands

This video from the USA says about itself:

A moose in the suburb of Redmond, WA enjoys a swim in a family swimming pool.

North American moose are called elks in Europe.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Keeping elks prohibited

Added: Wednesday 19 May 2013, 08:19
Update: Wednesday 19 May 2013, 08:24

Starting next year, it is forbidden to keep, breed or trade elks, raccoons, wallaroos and many other mammals. Minister Dijksma is putting them on a banned list.

She stressed that not every animal is suitable for keeping. Some animals can be dangerous for humans and can transmit diseases.

Besides animals which will still be legal as pets, such as dogs and cats, there is also a third category. Ferrets and desert hamsters, for example, may still be kept, but only under strict conditions.

Specialist knowledge

These terms shall be prepared by the Council for Animal Affairs. For example, owners should have specialist knowledge and ample living space.

The categories are established based on research by the University of Wageningen. There will be a transitional arrangement for people who now have a mammal that next year will no longer be allowed.

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