I don’t want to watch the video, reading about it is enough for me and perhaps you too, but what can we do about roadside zoos? Global News investigates the leaked video in which it appears the zoo’s manager and owner’s son are discussing beating a lion cub for training reasons.
A petition at change.org explains some shocking facts about Ontario’s roadside zoos:
- Under the current laws in Ontario, zoos and private individuals do not require a licence to own and operate a zoo and/or exhibit exotic animals such as lions, tigers or elephants.
- In Ontario, there are minimal requirements for animals in captivity under the OSPCA Act, but these regulations do not reflect the specific and special care and housing needs of exotic species such as lions, tigers, water buffalo and elephants for example.
- All other provinces in Canada require a permit to own exotic species like lions and tigers and elephants, or there is an outright ban on these species as pets. Ontario is the ONLY province which does not have such a requirement. Previous attempts such as Bill 125, to bring in legislation for exotic animals, has failed.
- Safety reports released by both Zoocheck and World Society for the Protection of Animals, state that 100s of wild animals have escaped from zoos or private collections in Ontario since the 80’s.
It was only a short while ago that we mourned the death of Zeus, a magnificent lion who was shot by the owner after he escaped apparently inadequate fencing.
Protesters braved the cold to speak for those who can’t, the animals whose well being isn’t protected because Ontario lacks legislation to protect them.
It’s time to speak up now that we all know how inadequate Ontario laws are. This website will send your MPP a letter asking for change to our laws.
You can also make a difference by signing this petition and sharing with your friends if you want to take it further.
It’s like Oprah’s favourite quote from her mentor Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, you can do better”.