Barbaric thing

Editorial in light of latest orca attack.

. . . when we only keep exotic animals for our own amusement, and to their detriment, it’s a barbaric thing that harkens back to bear baiting or having wild animals tear Christians apart at the Roman circuses.And the exotic animals in captivity need not be the size of a whale to be in danger or to pose a threat to humans.

In January, police found a deadly Gaboon viper in an east Toronto home. Also last month, Norman Buwalda, 66, was fatally mauled by the 300-kilogram pet tiger he kept on his property in the township of Southwold.

Ontario is the only province that does not have laws forbidding ownership of exotic animals. This must change both for the protection of people, and for the dignity of animals.

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