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Toronto, Ontario - New Proposed pet bylaws banning many of the animals we keep!


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Posted by lizardlair on November 23, 1998 at 22:04:45:

Hi Everyone:

Im sorry to post this to the lists as it's sort of off topic to many, but I think some of you, Particularly Canadians from Ontario- especially the Toronto area, will find this extremely important. So please pardon the intrusion.

PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO OTHER LISTS OR NEWSGROUPS, CO-WORKERS, SOCIETIES ECT .. THE ANIMAL KEEPERS OF TORONTO NEED TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION ... AND THESE BY-LAWS ARE JUST THE START, IT MAY SPREAD THROUGHOUT ONTARIO ... SO ANYONE IN ONTARIO THAT OWNS A PET SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS INFORMATION.

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:

http://www.geocities.com/Petsburgh/8401/ Toronto by-laws that may make keeping your pet ILLEGAL!

PROHIBITED ANIMALS

MAMMALS
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;

BIRDS

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 quetzals

REPTILES

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)


AMPHIBIANS

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 Salamander)

INVERTEBRATES

Arachnids (such as scorpions, tarantulas)

OTHER

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).

Thank you for your time, sorry for interupting your list. Please get the word out! We need lots of people at the Dec 1st meeting and any other public forums that are held. You can also help by calling your local council member and discussing these issues.


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