Prince George, B.C. bans exotic animal performances

Prince George, B.C. bans exotic animal performances in circuses and shows ( 20 B.C. municipalities  are going this route although Vancouver is taking it one step further and prohibiting the ownership of exotic animals.)


Monday, April 30, 2007 10:21 PM



Prince George City Council has decided the days of the performing tigers and elephants are numbered.


It was  June of last year that City Councilors asked  staff to prepare a report on how the City could  deal with a request from the BC SPCA  that all circuses using exotic animals be banned from  Prince George.


Well, the Jordan Circus  has been booked   for Prince George, and the Jordan Circus uses elephants and tigers.  The report before Council says if  the City bans  such circuses, then  $10 to $15 thousand dollars will be lost in booking revenue.  The Jordan Circus has already signed a contract  to  appear in Prince George this July.


That contract would be honoured regardless of Council’s decision.


There were four options presented to Council:


Continue to allow them and  let the BCSPCA  carry out the  inspections to ensure the animals are allright ( that’s how Edmonton deals with it)

Draft a bylaw prohibiting  exotic animal performances in circuses and shows ( 20 B.C. municipalities  are going this route although Vancouver is taking it one step further and prohibiting the ownership of exotic animals.)

By policy, refuse to rent civic facilities to such circuses, although nothing would prevent a private land owner from providing  a site

Have a resolution sent to North Central Municipal Association and the Union of BC Municipalities calling for a Provincial ban on a standardized list of exotic animal performances.

Council Don Zurowski moved that Council adopt option 2.


Bylaw Officer Ken Craig told Council his office has not received any complaints about cruelty or  mistreatment of animals.


"It is progressive and its the right thing to do" says Councilor Brian Skakun.  Councilor Deborah Munoz says the City shouldn’t allow any kind of show that  caused any mistreatment  of any animal exotic or not.


Councilor Murry Krause, says  "Caging wild animals is archaic, and its time we show how progressive Prince George really is."


Councilor Sherry Sethen "There are things that cause animals some stress, and I would suggest that as we move forward we will be challenged by  others in the community and I would  hope we stand firm  and not change our minds".


Councillor Glen Scott "We always have these groups come forward saying why this should take place, and its a backward step just regimenting another part of our lives." Scott was the only one to vote against the  development of the bylaw.


Kathy Travers,  an  animal welfare activist, and one of the directors of the local branch of the BC SPCA  had pushed for such a bylaw for years.  When the vote was complete, a jubilant Travers wept with joy.




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