Ban (exotic) pets

World Society for the Protection of Animals urges Thorold to go ahead with ban on exotic pets, and asks supporters to get involved in debate.

Council began considering a ban earlier this fall after three lions, a jaguar, parrots and monkeys were found during a marijuana grow-op bust at a rural Thorold property.

The property was the site of a proposed roadside zoo that council turned down in 2007.

Tkachyk and the WSPA spoke out against the zoo proposal two years ago.

Tuesday, she said she is “encouraged” by Thorold’s consideration of a bylaw banning exotic pets.

It’s estimated between 500 and 2,000 big cats are kept as pets in the province, which has no legislation requiring the licensing of exotic animal possession. Ontario is the only province without such rules.

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