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OSPCA newsletter: Petition against "roadside" zoo animals

October 27th, 2006, 02:46 PM
Ontario's "roadside" zoo animals need your help!
Welcome to a special edition of Newshound. This issue is dedicated to one specific issue: Ontario's "roadside" zoos. Roadside zoos are substandard zoological facilities that typically house animals in poor, barren conditions, and lack trained professional animal care staff and the financial resources necessary to ensure proper animal care and housing.

Ontario has more zoos than any other province in Canada but no legislative requirements for staff expertise, financing, mandatory standard for animal housing, management and safety. While there are some limited protections and licensing requirements for animals native to Ontario, there is no legislation protecting exotic zoo animals such as hippos, elephants, lions, kangaroos, and primates. The Ontario SPCA estimates that Ontario has over 50 zoos, and over 20 large, private collections - far more than any other province.

Sign the Petition! Support Bill 154
Liberal MPP David Zimmer has introduced new legislation to address the deplorable conditions animals are kept in at Ontario's roadside zoos. If passed, Bill 154, 'The Regulation of Zoos Act', would require all Ontario zoos to comply with professional animal welfare and public safety standards. The proposed legislation would ensure every zoo animal receives appropriate care and housing and that zoo visitors, staff and surrounding communities are safe.

If anyone would like to sign the petition (even if you don't live in Ontario), go to

If you'd like to read the petition as presented to Parliament, go to

October 27th, 2006, 05:12 PM
Thanks for giving me a chance to sign this petition, I hope the Government takes notice.

November 1st, 2006, 11:15 PM
Thanks. :thumbs up

Golden Girls
November 2nd, 2006, 04:43 AM
Thanks :fingerscr