Action Alert: Toronto Exotic Animal & Mobile Zoo Consultation

The City of Toronto just opened a public consultation to help decide how to regulate exotic animals and traveling zoos. It’s time to have your say! This is a rare opportunity for Toronto residents to help shut down the cruel exotic pet trade and stop travelling zoos from operating inside city limits.

Tragically, Ontario has the fewest legal protections for exotic animals of any province in the country. The only animals that cannot be owned in Ontario are orcas and pit bulls, leaving other animals vulnerable to suffering and exploitation by the billion-dollar exotic pet and the zoo industries. Ontario’s failure to protect exotic animals has forced cities like Toronto to pick up the slack, which is why this consultation is so important. A strong set of bylaws in Toronto could encourage other municipalities to do the same.

Right now, Toronto has a list of prohibited animals, but the list needs to be strengthened to protect more wild animals from becomi…

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TTC Takes Down Misleading Shrine Circus Elephant Ads

Animal Justice won a victory against the cruel circus industry today, with news that the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has removed misleading ads paid for by the Shrine Circus. The ads were removed following complaints made last month by Animal Justice and Len Goldberg, a witness to the ads..

The false transit ads promoted the Shrine Circus’ 2016 summer “Spectac!” tour in Southwestern Ontario, and featured a photo of an elephant in the midst of a circus performance. In reality, there were no elephant performances this year in Shrine circuses. U.S. authorities cancelled permits on April 21, 2016 for two endangered Asian elephants named Shelley and Marie to be transported from the U.S. to Canada so they could be forced to perform in Shrine circuses. Shrine Circus contractor Tarzan Zerbini failed to meet even the minimal standards in place for the export permits, which is why they were cancelled.

Animal Justice and Mr. Goldberg filed complaints with Advertising…

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Toronto Animal Services Investigates Lion Cub at Lavelle Nightclub

TORONTO – Toronto Animal Services is investigating after Instagram photos of a lion club at a Toronto nightclub surfaced. The photos were apparently taken yesterday at Lavelle, a downtown nightclub with a rooftop pool, and depict patrons posing for selfies with the baby lion.

Animal Justice filed a complaint with Toronto Animal Services over the images because Toronto bylaws prohibit possessing lions and other exotic animals.

“It’s illegal in Toronto to parade exotic animals around nightclubs for marketing purposes,” said lawyer Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice. “Baby animals aren’t toys. This lion cub should be with her mother, not used as a prop for selfies.”

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For more information, contact:

Camille Labchuk Executive Director camille@animaljustice.ca

Animal Justice
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