Thursday, May 31, 2007

Tiger prompts Ontario town to revisit animal bylaw

Local News - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 @ 09:00

Port Colborne is currently updating its exotic animal bylaw.

While the word "tiger" was not on the lips of council Monday night, Coun. Bea Kenny did raise the issue of exotic animals during the councillor concerns portion of the meeting.

Standing in council chambers, Kenny said she has received complaints. "Do we have an exotic pet bylaw?" Kenny asked acting chief administrative officer Peter Senese.

Kenny also wanted to know how long it takes for the city to respond to residents' complaints.

Senese said processing complaints depends on the type of complaint received. He would not, however, elaborate on the process, only to say the issue is being addressed.

"Our bylaw enforcement officer is updating the current bylaw," Senese said.

Residents in the Gasline area have raised concerns in recent weeks about a tiger being kept at a property on Highway 3. contentid=549380&catname=Local%20News&classif=

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Iowa: New law puts restrictions on exotic pets

Posted Online: Posted online: May 28, 2007 12:31 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa's exotic pet owners could soon find themselves extinct thanks to a new bill signed by Gov. Chet Culver.

The bill makes it illegal for a person to privately own or possess a dangerous wild animal, and to breed or transport them into Iowa.

Exotic pet-lovers won't have to give up their pets right away because the bill doesn't apply to animals currently owned by Iowans.

However, the bill requires owners to register their dangerous wild animal. The animals must be listed with the state an electronic identification device must be attached or embedded into the animal.

The animals outlawed under the new legislation include wolves, coyotes, primates, lions, tigers, bears, leopards, cheetahs, venomous snakes, pandas, rhinoceroses, elephants and other wild species.

A bill establishes a civil penalty for violating the statute.

Supporters say the bill will keep animals from being turned loose by private owners who no longer can care for them.

Many say ownership of the exotic pets has grown because of Internet sales offering cuddly cubs that grow into an unmanageable situation for many owners who then turn to zoos, animal shelters or sanctuaries for help.

However, many of those facilities are filling up or do not want to take responsibility for unwanted animals, officials say.

Circuses, accredited zoos, fairs, animal sanctuaries, pounds or shelters, and animals certified by the U.S. Agriculture Department are exempted under the bill. Vendors will still be allowed to transport the animals through Iowa.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Prince George, B.C., bans exotic animal performances

By 250 News
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.

Kathi Travers, an animal welfare activist, and a member of the BC SPCA had pushed for such a bylaw for years. When the vote was complete, a jubilant Travers wept with joy. exotic++animals+and+circuses+on+their+way+out