New pet keeping rules in the Netherlands

Elizabeth Mattijsen liz at
Wed Jun 19 21:19:26 BST 2013

On Jun 19, 2013, at 9:55 PM, Paul Makepeace <paulm at> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM, Dirk Koopman <djk at> wrote:
>> It appears that my esteemed government has changed the rules about about
>> which pets one might keep at home. Apart from all the usual suspects, it
>> appears one may keep a water buffalo but, crucially, one will *not* be able
>> to keep a camel. Apparently, camels are dirty, disease ridden animals but
>> water buffaloes (by definition) must be clean and (contagious) disease free.
>> Given the respective O'Reilly colophons ("MSCE Core Elective Exams in a
> Nutshell" and er.. the Camel Book) what does this all mean?Wow, and I thought Oakland (California) was permissive allowing us, in
> a large (~1M pop.) city, to keep cows and horses. You need an acre
> minimum for a horse, but so long as you can demonstrate adequate
> manure processing capacity, cows are a go.
> Where is this fabulous discussion happening? Is there any urban
> precedent for water buffalo, or camels, in .NL?

How about keeping raccoons as house pets?  Or meerkats?  At least, that was in one of the newsitems on the Dutch news tonight.

Now that everybody has a nicer car than their neighbours, it is now important to keep the most exotic pet in some circles.  :-(


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