The current situation for exotic animals in Canada is far from perfect. Many municipalities have bylaws to control exotic animal ownership, but each city defines ‘exotic’ differently.
The province of Ontario is in the process of trying to pass a private member’s bill to oversee exotic wildlife in captivity (Bill 125), but currently, the only provincial authority is the OSPCA which intervenes in animal cruelty investigations.
Federally, CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) is the only body that oversees exotics, but they only deal with endangered species. Therefore, it is possible to own a monkey without any knowledge or regulation of proper care, health and safety.
Is it legal to own primates in Canada? Do primate owners need permits?
Animal Law in Canada
Roadside Zoos, escaped wildlife article
Exotic Pets targeted in PEI
Ontario eyes tougher regulations for zoos, aquariums
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