BC declares no more exotic animals to be kept as pets
Amy Judd | March 17, 2009 at 03:18 pmby
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BC Environment Minister Barry Penner announced today that new rules are going in to effect to regulate any exotic animals being kept as pets that could harm the publics' safety.
"British Columbians shouldn't have to worry about being harmed in their community by dangerous, foreign animals like tigers, pythons or alligators," said Penner in the release.
This will go in to effect on March 16th and if any individual still has a pet that is on the exotic species list, may be able to keep it until its death if they follow some rules and regulations. They must also get a permit for it and not breed or release the animal.
If they do not comply to this, they could get a fine of $250,000 and up to two years in prison. The animal could also be removed from the property or euthanized.
For a full list, see the bottom of the article.