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Review of Prohibited Animals in Toronto

To protect public safety, animal welfare, minimize nuisance and health risks, the City of Toronto has a list of animals that are prohibited (or see below). This means that Toronto residents are not allowed to keep prohibited animals. Certain organizations are exempted from this prohibition and are allowed to keep prohibited animals, these include: Toronto Zoo, Toronto Wildlife Centre, Ripley's Aquarium, accredited veterinary hospitals, and others.

As directed by City Council, staff are reviewing prohibited animal regulations. 

Have Your Say

Have your say on the City's review of prohibited animals through an online survey and public meeting. 

Stakeholder Meeting

A stakeholder meeting will be held for business owners who handle prohibited animals during the week of April 24th. In addition, a stakeholder meeting will be held for animal welfare groups, during the week of May 8th. If you would like more information about these meetings, contact Mohamed Shuriye at Mohamed.Shuriye@toronto.ca

Public Meeting

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
This meeting will be live streamed on the Toronto Animal Services Facebook Page. Login to Facebook to watch. 

After the meeting, a complete recording will be available on the Get Involved Toronto YouTube Channel.

Online Survey

Have your say through our online survey. It will be available until May 5, 2017. 

Send us your comments

Send us your feedback and comments to Mohamed.Shuriye@toronto.ca

 

About the Review

ExpandProhibited Animals in Toronto Review

Overview

To protect public safety, animal welfare, minimize nuisance and health risks- the City of Toronto has a list of animals that are prohibited. This means that Toronto residents are not allowed to keep prohibited animals. Certain organizations are exempted from this prohibition and are allowed to keep prohibited animals, these include: Toronto Zoo, Toronto Wildlife Centre, Ripley's Aquarium, accredited veterinary hospitals, and others.

As directed by City Council, staff are reviewing prohibited animal regulations. There are two parts to the review:

  • Formalizing the process to add and remove animals from the prohibited animals list; and
  • Identifying the extent of the use of prohibited animals for temporary activities such as educational programming at birthday parties, parades or other reasons and potentially making recommendations to regulate these uses.

The City is committed to an open and inclusive process which incorporates stakeholder and public participation. Staff will engage members of the general public, residents/community groups, and relevant business owners.

Between November 2016 and May 2017, ML&S will complete research, analysis, and consultation with stakeholder groups, and the general public, described in detail below.

Decision history and related reports:

  • City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to conduct stakeholders and public consultation, including consultation with the Toronto Zoo, on the extent of the use of prohibited animals in education programs in Toronto and report to the Licensing and Standards Committee by July 1, 2017 on the outcome of the consultations. http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2016.LS15.2

 

  • City Council requested the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to conduct further research, public consultation and report back to Licensing and Standards Committee on expanding the list of prohibited animals to include snakes, flamingos, and other animals.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2013.LS23.5

Phases of the Review:

  • Phase 1: Research and Analysis – November 2016 - March 2017
  • Phase 2: Public and Stakeholder Consultations –April to May 2017
  • Phase 3: Report to Licensing and Standards Committee – June 2017


Scheduled Stakeholder and Public Consultations:

The City is committed to an open and inclusive process which incorporates stakeholder and public participation. Staff will engage members of the general public, residents/community groups, and relevant business owners. See our consultation activities above in Have Your Say.

In addition to the consultations and surveys, staff will continue to accept input through emails and voice messages. See our contact information above left.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you require accommodation to participate in the public consultation process. 

ExpandList of Prohibited Animals in Toronto

The following animals are prohibited in the City of Toronto as per Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 349, Animals.  The fine for having a prohibited animal is $240.

Mammals

Artiodactyla (such as cattle, goats, sheep, pigs)

Canidae (such as coyotes, wolves, foxes, hybrid wolf dogs) except dogs

Chiroptera (bats such as fruit bats, myotis, flying foxes)

Edentates (such as anteaters, sloths, armadillos)

Felidae (such as tigers, leopards, cougars) except cats

Hyaenidae (such as hyenas)

Lagomorpha (such as hares, pikas) except rabbits

Marsupials (such as kangaroos, opossums, wallabies) except sugar gliders derived from self-sustaining captive populations

Mustelidae (such as mink, skunks, weasels, otters, badgers) except ferrets

Non-human primates (such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, lemurs)

Perissodactyla (such as horses, donkeys, jackasses, mules)

Proboscidae (elephants)

Procyonidae (such as coatimundi, cacomistles, raccoons)

Rodentia (such as porcupines and prairie dogs) except rodents which do not exceed 1,500 grams and are derived from self-sustaining captive populations

Ursidae (bears)

Viverridae (such as mongooses, civets, genets)

Birds

Anseriformes (such as ducks, geese, swans, screamers)

Galliformes (such as chickens, pheasants, grouse, guinea fowls, turkeys)

Struthioniformes (flightless ratites such as ostriches, rheas, cassowaries, emus, kiwis)

Reptiles

Crocodylia (such as alligators, crocodiles, gavials)

All snakes which reach an adult length larger than 3 metres

All lizards which reach an adult length larger than 2 metres

Other

All venomous and poisonous animals