Ontario town passes exotic pet law following discovery of jaguars, lions, monkeys in town

December 08, 2009

Exotic pet laws passed

Exotic pets are under fire these days, and several Ontario municipalities have put in place special bylaws restricting ownership of some exotics. The most recent case involves Thorold, where the discovery of several pet jaguars, lions and monkeys prompted local officials to take action.

The new bylaw bans ownership of primates (including apes), tigers, leopards, panthers, cougars, most reptiles, dangerous snakes, elephants, marine mammals, venomous snakes and some other wildlife not native to Canada.

Provincial wildlife laws do not usually deal with exotic wildlife. Recently, British Columbia put into place a new law restricting the importation of some exotic pets, but other provinces have so far not followed suit. Consequently, it is up to local municipalities to put into force their own restrictions.

These new laws do not pertain to budgerigars, canaries and other traditional pet birds, nor to some other exotic animals.



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Florida: Jaguar, 7, dies at Brevard Zoo

BY WAYNE T. PRICE • FLORIDA TODAY • November 22, 2009

VIERA — A nearly weeklong struggle to save the life of Xinca, a 7-year-old male jaguar at the Brevard Zoo, ended Saturday morning.

“He was one of the more unusual animals here,” said Keith Winsten, executive director of the Brevard Zoo. “Jaguars are very powerful cats and often difficult to manage. But he was wonderful.”

Zoo personnel chemically immobilized Xinca, pronounced “Ching Ka,” Tuesday for routine medical procedures, which included a complete physical, dental exam and a sperm sample for a team of visiting researchers.

Nearly 90 minutes into the physical, Xinca quit breathing and staff performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 20 minutes until the animal could breathe on his own.

But Winsten said Xinca never regained full consciousness or motor control. Staff provided 24-hour care, but early Saturday the jaguar quit breathing for a second time and could not be resuscitated.

“We actually thought there was a chance he’d pull through,” Winsten said. “It’s like a human. If you had a human down for that many days, there’s a lot of high risk.

“But the last days we thought we’d see some improvement. That made the blow to the staff even more difficult.”

Xinca came to the Brevard Zoo in 2003 and he eventually fathered Nindiri, Phil and Jean. Their mother, Masaya, remains at the zoo.

The first post-death test results could be available today or Monday. Full results will take longer.

The last jaguar death at the zoo was in November 2000, when Onyx, an 11-year-old, died in similar circumstances. The female was under anesthesia for a routine physical exam, and officials believed she had became too stressed.

Contact Price at 242-3658 or wprice@floridatoday.com.



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Ontario: "Province-wide law needed to protect animals"

By NTW Editorial
Nov 06, 2009

It’s astounding to think that in an era when we’re supposed to be more enlightened about the welfare of animals and the frailty of many species because of the environmental carnage caused by humans, Ontario has no province-wide law covering the keeping of exotic animals.

Instead, the protection of species ranging from elephants and aardvarks to primates such as gorillas and chimpanzees is left to a mishmash of municipal bylaws scattered across this province.

Many municipalities have no such law, meaning there is little if no regulation of these animals, many of which are endangered in their own habitat.

The City of Thorold found the folly of not having such as bylaw recently, when a police raid on an alleged grow-op in a wooded area next to Highway 406 revealed three lions, a jaguar, monkeys and exotic birds in enclosures.

Because the animals aren’t native to the province, even the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has no jurisdiction, the way it would with black bears.

The city is one of two municipalities covered by the Lincoln County Humane Society that doesn’t have an exotic animal bylaw. City staff have pulled together a draft bylaw that lists a wide range of animals that would for most people be banned, including everything from lions and tigers to primates, alligators, dolphins and whales, venomous snakes and black widow spiders.

Most of us have seen those pathetic roadside ‘zoos’ in many parts of Ontario, where miserable creatures are kept in often horrific conditions for the amusement of people.

The need for a province-wide law covering exotic animals, with wording built in to guarantee the humane treatment of native species such as beers and deer, is obvious.

It’s time once and for all to demand Ontario bring in legislation doing exactly that.



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Ontario city drafts exotic animal bylaw after lions, jaguar found

Exotic animal draft bylaw ready for input

Nov 06, 2009

Owning a wide array of exotic animals ranging from elephants and lions to gorillas, poisonous snakes and aardvarks could soon be illegal for most people in Thorold.

That’s because the city, through the Lincoln County Humane Society, has a new draft bylaw regulating the keeping and care of animals. The bylaw is not yet approved by city council.

The bylaw, which people will be able to provide input into up to and including the Nov. 17 city council meeting, was drafted in the wake of the revelation that three lions, a jaguar and monkeys are being kept on a property in Thorold. The animals were discovered after police raided an alleged marijuana grow-op on the property next to Highway 406 recently.

The new bylaw, if adopted as it’s written, does much more than just restrict exotic animals. It also contains sections stipulating the proper care of domestic animals such as cats and dogs, limits the number of pets people can in most cases have, and has provisions on dealing with dogs seemed to be dangerous.
Thorold is one of two of five municipalities covered by the Lincoln County Humane Society that doesn’t have an exotic animal bylaw.

The list of prohibited animals in the bylaw includes bears, primates including monkeys and chimpanzees, non-domesticated cats including tigers, leopards, panthers and cougars among others, wolves, foxes and coyotes, reptiles such as gila monsters, vipers, cobras, alligators, pythons and anacondas, elephants, sea mammals such as dolphins and whales, and venomous spiders such as tarantula and black widow spiders.

There are exemptions for those bans, such as accredited veterinary clinics, lawful circuses or other entertainment venues, legally operated animal rescue operations or legally operated educational programs in which the animals are owned by institutions accredited by groups such as the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The bylaw also limits people to three dogs or three cats in most cases, and contains a provision requiring owners to stoop and scoop after their dogs.

In cases in which a dog bites or attacks another animal or person without provocation, the bylaw has a provision declaring such dogs dangerous, requiring a muzzle.

The bylaw also covers the adequate care of pets, including appropriate shelter, water, food and a clean and sanitary environment, and requires dogs to be licensed with the city.

City clerk Susan Daniels said in a report to city politicians that it’s essentially the same bylaw adopted by the Town of Grimsby.

People who contravene the bylaw could be subject to fines under Ontario’s Provincial Offences Act.

After the discovery of the big cats and monkeys in Thorold, Kevin Strooband, executive director of the local humane society, said even the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources doesn’t have jurisdiction over lions and jaguars, because they’re not native animals to this province.



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Miami MetroZoo jaguar dies during surgery

Miami MetroZoo jaguar dies during surgery

Published: Nov. 20, 2009 at 12:15 PM

MIAMI, Nov. 20 (UPI) — A spokesman for Miami MetroZoo said one of its two jaguars died while undergoing surgery for a stomach problem.

Zoo spokesman Ron Magill said Palenque the jaguar died Wednesday, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

A necropsy was performed but results were pending.

Magill said the 129-pound male jaguar was kept separate from Miami MetroZoo’s other jaguar, Reina, because jaguars are solitary animals that traditionally take time to adjust to one another.

“If you try to introduce two jaguars at the wrong time, one can kill the other,” Magill said.

Magill told the Herald that Palenque exhibited symptoms of gastrointestinal problems as well as inconsistent eating difficulties since first arriving at the zoo in August 2007.



Metrozoo jaguar dies during medical procedure
Miami Herald, The (FL) – Friday, November 20, 2009
Author: Miami Herald

One of Miami Metrozoo’s two jaguars died Wednesday during a medical procedure designed to stop his stomach problems. He was 3 years old.

Palenque, who weighed 129 pounds, was one of the star attractions at the zoo ‘s newest exhibit, Amazon and Beyond, said Ron Magill, the zoo ‘s spokesman. Jaguars are solitary animals, so he was kept separate from his betrothed, Reina — a female who was not yet ready for an intimate relationship.

“If you try to introduce two jaguars at the wrong time, one can kill the other,” Magill said.

Since Palenque’s arrival at the zoo in August 2007, Magill said, the cat has had off-again, on-again troubles eating his food (a combination of horse meat, vitamins and bones). On occasion, he showed symptoms of larger gastrointestinal problems.

The zoo was awaiting necropsy results Thursday.




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