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Proposed Canadian Laws May Kill Our Hobby in Canada...

The NEW Toronto City council has been discussing newly reformed proposed by-laws regarding the care of animals in the city of Toronto. The Toronto Board of Health is drafting the by-law, along with the help of Liz White, Director, Animal Alliance of Canada, and Holy Penfound, Director, Zoocheck Canada Inc. (Known animal rights activists).

These new by-laws will be voted on as early as mid-December, and may come into effect on April 1st, 1998. They have apparently been in discussion since June or so of '98 but since very few societies concerned with the keeping of many of the prohibited or restricted animals were consulted with most people did not find out about these proposed by-laws until mid-October. :(

We have very little time to make a difference! There is a public meeting with the board of health from 9:30 am until midnight on Dec. 1st, 1998. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers, 2nd flr., Metro Hall, 55 John St. (up from the Skydome).     You must register if you would like to speak before the board, please call 392-7039 to register.

These by-laws affect people who own cats, dogs (no straying, muzzling, microchiping and spaying, registration and liscences too!), rabbits, ferrets .... Here is a sample list of the prohibited animals (some are ridiculous! and many are already covered by federal laws!), However if you would like to view the full list of prohibited animals and the regulations and liscensing fees etc please go to: Toronto by-laws that may make
keeping your pet ILLEGAL!


coyotes, wolves, foxes, hybrid wolf dogs, except dogs; beluga whales, orca,
whales, dolphins; bats Such as fruit bats, myotis, flying foxes; such us
anteater, sloths, armadillos; tigers, leopards, cougars, except cats; hyaenas;
hedgehogs and shrews; such as rabbits, hares, pikas, except domesticated
European rabbits and crosses thereof; Marsupials (such as kangaroos, opossums,
wallabies, sugar gliders); mink, skunks, weasels, otters, badgers, except a
ferret; seals, sea lions, walruses; chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, lemurs;
elephants; raccoons, coatimundi, cacomistles; chinchilla, porcupines, flying
squirrels, prairie dogs, woodchucks, pocket gophers, and kangaroo rats; except
domesticated Norway rat, Black rat, House mouse, gerbils, hamsters and guinea
pigs; manatees, dugongs; cattle, goats, sheep, pot-bellied pigs; horses,
donkeys, jackasses, mules;


ducks, geese, swan; scremers;    swifts, tree-swifts, hummingbirds;
whip-poor-will, nighthawks, oilbird; gulls, terns, oystercatchers, Ibisbill,
stone-curlews, plovers, sandpipers, snipe, puffins, guillernots; herons,
storks, shoebill, Ibises, spoonbills; Mousebirds; pigeons, doves,
sandgrouse, except domesticated species such as the Rock Dove and Ringed
Turtle Dove; kingfishers, bee-eaters, rollers, hornbills; Turacos and
cuckoos, Including roadrunners, Coueals, anis; diurnal raptors such as
vultures, condors, hawks, falcons, ospreys, eagles; pheasants, grouse,
guineafouls, and turkeys; loons or divers; cranes, tumpeters, rails, crakes,
coots, moorhens; swallows, martins, wrens, mockingbirds, chickadees,
nuthatchers, cardinals, orioles, meadowlarks, finches, sparrows, starlings,
crows, jays, ravens) Except species derived from self-sustaining captive
populations such as canaries, mynahs, and finches; pelicans, gannets.
cormorants, anhingas, frigatebirds; flamingos;    toucans, woodpeckers; grebes;
albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters; parrots, lorries, cockatoos, lovebirds,
parakeets. macaws, except domesticated species derived from self-sustaining
captive populations such as cockatiels and budgerigars; penguins; owls;
flightless rattites such as ostriches, rheas, cassowaries, emus, kiwis; other
rattites known as tinamous such as crested tinamou; trogons, Including the


alligators, crocodiles, Gavials; tuatarus; Squamata (such as lizards, snakes)
which are larger than 1 metre and of the families: Anomalephididae (blind
snakes); Atractaspididae (mole vipers); Boidae (such as boa, python,
anaconda) which may grow larger than 2 metres; Colubridae (such as mangrove
snakes, Island racers, glossy snakes); Crdylidae (such as Spiny tail
lizards); Dibamidae (such as blind Skinks, Mexican Blind Lizard); Elapidea.
(such as Peron's Seasnake, Desert Death Adder, Bardick Snake); Gekkonidae
(only the Tokay gecko); Gymnophthalmidae (such as Arhrossaura, Bachia,
Mlcroteiid, Tegu, Neusticurus); Helodermidae (Gila Monsters); Iguanidae (only
Iguana iguana); Teiidae (such as Teiids, ameiva, whiptail, Iightbulb
lizards); Viperidae (such as Cantil, Puff adder, Green Bush Viper, Prairie
Rattlesnake); Testudines (turtles and tortoises)


Anura of the families Ascaphidae (tailed Frogs)
Dendrobatidae (such as Skunk frog, Blue Poison Frog)
Leiopelmatidae (such as Coromandel New Zealand Frog)
Rhinodermatidae (such as Darwin's Frog, Mexican Burrowing Toad)
Sooglossidae (such as Tomasset's Frog, Seychelles Frog)
Caudata of the family Cryptobranchidae (such as hellbenders, Chinese Giant


Arachnids (such as scorpions, tarantulas)


All venomous reptiles, amphibians and Invertebrates

Animals not indigenous to Canada that have been taken from the wild at any
stage of development including eggs or embryos

All species of fauna which have been classified as endangered or threatened
with extinction by any one of the Committee on the Status of Endangered
Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), Appendix I of the Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) or the International Union for the
Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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