Ontario SPCA commends Township of Brock
Letter to the Editor
The Ontario SPCA would like to commend the Township of Brock for considering the implementation of an exotic pets by-law.
In many municipalities throughout the province, owners of companion animals (pets) like cats and dogs require licensing. Unfortunately, exotic pet owners are often overlooked and do not currently require licenses. Many do not have the qualifications, or any sort of safety training to keep an exotic pet such as a tiger or poisonous snake — putting the owner, their family and their neighbours at risk.
As the author of this article mentioned, exotic pets require special care and housing. Exotic pets are often purchased on impulse, with little knowledge or consideration regarding their environmental, behavioural, physiological and psychological needs. This can result in their improper care or neglect.
We encourage municipalities to adopt animal ownership restrictions for exotic pets and wildlife as we do not want to see animals neglected or mistreated.
The Ontario SPCA would also like municipalities to consider the safety and survival of exotic animals during an emergency. Police officers, fire fighters and paramedics are generally not trained to assist exotic pets in an emergency. The responsibility ultimately rests on the owner of the animal. We would like to see that proper protocols are set for exotic animals during these situations to ensure the safety of the community and the animals.
Additionally, the Ontario SPCA would welcome the opportunity to participate in the development of provincial or federal legislation that would ban the sale or importation of any exotic creature or wildlife for use as a pet or display.
Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Humane Society:
Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities, Ontario SPCA relies on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; veterinary services; community outreach; advocacy; and humane education.
Ontario SPCA is mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act to enforce animal welfare legislation and the Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.
Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.
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