ST PETERSBURG, October 11 (Itar-Tass) — Achievements in the present-day development of the domestic and world zooindustry are on view at the 21st Zoosphere-2012 international exhibition of goods and services for pets, opening here on Thursday, with the participation of 250 companies and firms from various regions of Russia, and foreign countries, including, in particular, those from Brazil, Belarus, Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, China, and Ukraine.
The exhibition has been arranged at the LenExpo exhibition center and covers all aspects of zooindustry goods, feed, acessories, and articles for the care of pets, aquarium husbandry, veterinary medicine, and many other things.
An official in the press service of the ExpoForum joint-stock company, which implements this project, told Itar-Tass that over the two decades of its existence the Zoosphere exhibition had acquired the status of Russia's major one by its specialization and earned international recognition. It had emerged under a modest name of "Everything for Sharik's (dog name) and Murzik's (cart name)", and later on operated under the name of "Zooindustry". This was not a mere change of name -- it reflected the phases of developmenty of the zoomarket. The Zoosphere gave rise to many trends in the Russian zoobusiness. The idea was suggested to establish associations of zooindustry and veterinary medicine enterprises, and hold sectoral conferences. Some sections of the Zoosphere exhibition subsequently transformed into indepedent displays.
A convention of the owners of pet clubs and nurseries is to be held within the framework of the Zoosphere -2012 to consider a set of matters, including the importation and exportation of pet, exotic ones as well. One of roundtable meetings will be dedicated to the theme of "The Zooindustry: Customs, Veterinary Medicine, and Transport" .
The Exhibition's business programme also provides for an international competition of groomers. Previously these services were rendered at home or at veterinary clinics, whereas now the number of pet grooming saloons is on the rise, which is viewed as a new trend in the domestic zoomarket. Foreign groomers are to give master classes. A gallery of zooindustry trade novelties and a consultative center will open. Provision is made for the holding of a theme-based Day of India, and a spectacular zooshow with exhibition performances of pets.
A Bioindustry-2012 exhibition-and-conference will begin its work simultaneously with the Zoosphere.