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Good news for animals in small zoos in Ontario!

October 24th, 2006, 11:23 AM

Just in case the link doesn't work,
MPP demands better regulations for small zoos in the province

Animals in some small Ontario zoos are being housed in barren cages and without adequate drinking water, says a Liberal backbencher who introduced new legislation yesterday to ensure the facilities are better regulated by the province.

Toronto Liberal David Zimmer introduced the private member's bill in an effort to establish minimum standards for the estimated 50 small "roadside" zoos in Ontario.

"It's the right thing to do," said Zimmer, noting that Ontario lags far behind provinces like Alberta and Newfoundland when it comes to regulating the treatment of animals in small zoos.

"We should be a leader in this area, not a follower."

In a report released earlier this month, Ontario's environmental commissioner recommended greater regulation of small zoos, and said virtually all provinces except Ontario have stringent standards for animals in captivity.

If passed, Zimmer's bill would impose minimum standards on small zoos, license them and make them subject to regular inspection.

While some small zoo owners say the legislation is unnecessary and fuelled by fear-mongering animal-rights activists, other groups say regulation is long overdue.

Melissa Tkachyk, campaigns officer with the World Society for the Protection of Animals, said Ontario's small zoos are among the worst in the world. Investigations have found animals living in filthy conditions, without clean drinking water or stimulation.

Golden Girls
October 24th, 2006, 02:34 PM
figures - blame it on activists :rolleyes: Thanks for posting this :thumbs up. BTW Quebec has absolutely no regulated laws anywhere ... not sure where that comes from