For years, a handful of businesses (including several zoos) have been allowed to bring prohibited exotic animals into the City of Toronto for “educational” presentations, shows and exhibits under an exemption for organizations and businesses associated with the zoo industry.
A wide variety of animals, including giant constricting snakes, kangaroos, porcupines, lemurs, wild cats and camels, to name just a few, have been used in locations, such as daycares, libraries, schools, children’s parties, senior’s homes, shopping malls, consumer shows, corporate events, conferences, festivals, Christmas displays, parades, etc.
In December 2016, for animal welfare and human health and safety reasons, Toronto City Council voted to remove the exemption and to ban all mobile live animal programs using prohibited exotic animals from operating in the City as of July 1, 2017.
The businesses conducting these programs want to be exempted from the new rule or to have some kind of system that allows them to continue to deliver their programs. Animal welfare groups and others want the programs ended for good.
The City of Toronto is now conducting a consultation on the use of prohibited exotic animals in mobile live animal programs and they want public input.
We are encouraging everyone concerned about animal welfare and/or human health and safety to make their opinion known by emailing comments to:
You don’t need to be an expert! If you just want to say that you support ending mobile live animal programs with prohibited animals in the City of Toronto, a simple email with that message will still have an impact.
To read a Q & A sheet about mobile live animal programs, click MLAP Questions and Answers
Two public meetings have also been scheduled – April 28 and May 1. If you want to attend either meeting to make your opinion known, see the details below.
Public Meeting #1
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Friday, April 28, 2017
City Hall, Committee Room 3
100 Queen St W., Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Public Meeting #2
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Metro Hall, Room 310
55 John Street, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6