Liaising with Governments
BIAZA works closely with governments (e.g. Defra and the Zoos Expert Committee) throughout the region to ensure, through the implementation of the Zoo Licensing legislation, that the highest standards of welfare are maintained and that collections fulfil their obligations under the EU Zoos Directive.
As the only professional body for zoos and aquariums in the UK and Ireland, BIAZA is a key stakeholder and source of information for issues such as animal welfare, conservation, CITES, relevant disease issues, quarantine and transport of animals.
BIAZA is also an active member of a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups. Under the auspices of the Zoos and Aquariums All Party Parliamentary Group, BIAZA hosts an annual reception at the Houses of Parliament and organizes other relevant meetings. This increases our profile and explains the work and potential of zoos and aquariums directly to Members of Parliament and other decision makers.