Fyffes boss says company ‘has been in business for 15 years’
The Fyfe’s owners have been in the business for decades, and they have made a profit of around £1m from trading animal crossing crossing.
Fyfers owner Peter Fyford, who runs the company, said he had been in a “business for 15 decades”.
“We are a fully independent company, which is a very strong statement, but I also think that we’ve had some of the strongest management teams in the industry, who are very good people,” he said.
“There is a lot of growth happening, so there is a great deal of potential to continue to grow the business.”
The company was formed in 1998.
Fyford said the company had a number of clients, including the UK Border Agency, which has been trying to recruit animals from overseas.
The Border Agency said it was in discussions with the company and the Department of Health and the British Veterinary Association.
In 2016, the British Transport Police launched an investigation into the company’s trading practices, saying the company was in breach of the Animal Crossing Act.
It said the UK’s animal crossing industry was at risk of being undermined by the introduction of a new regulatory regime that would see animals moved from their natural habitats.
An investigation into animal crossing trading began after the Border Agency raised concerns about animal crossing businesses operating in rural areas and the illegal trade of animals, which it said was costing the industry around £8.4m a year.
However, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said there were no plans to crack down on the trading of animals in the UK.
Animal Crossing UK, a charity that helps people find animal crossing companies, said it believed the Department had been slow to respond to the Border Authority’s inquiry.
Simon Lewis, the charity’s head of campaigns, said the Department’s actions had not been swift enough.
“It’s not enough for the government to simply declare a business is illegal but the fact that they’ve been looking at the border agency is a huge problem for the animal crossing trade,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“There’s an issue of safety for all animals, whether they’re domestic animals or wild animals, and the fact they’re looking at a small, rural part of the country with little or no police, the whole issue needs to be looked at very seriously.”
A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “We have a duty to protect animals from people who are dangerous and we are committed to tackling the worst offenders.”
We also recognise the value of animal crossing in the communities we serve.
“The Government has taken action to introduce new legislation which will make it easier for businesses to be regulated.”