World Society for the Protection of Animals

World Society for the Protection of Animals

March 27, 2007 13:11 ET

WSPA urges municipalities to support Bill 154, protect zoo animals

Call comes after raid on roadside zoo, London council vote

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO ONTARIO PRESS RELEASE ROADSIDE ZOOS--(CCNMatthews - March 27, 2007) - The World Society for the Protection of Animals is calling on municipalities across Ontario to support Bill 154 following a vote by London council earlier this week to endorse the proposed "roadside zoo" legislation.

Councillors in London - home to one of the worst roadside zoos in the province - voted Monday to endorse MPP David Zimmer's private member's bill, "An Act to Regulate Zoos," which would require all zoos be licensed and comply with professional welfare and public safety standards.

Ontario is home to more zoos than any other province yet has the weakest laws in the country for ensuring animals confined in these facilities are treated well. Many of these zoos are small, grossly substandard facilities that lack the trained professional staff to properly care for their animals.

WSPA has been actively campaigning for Bill 154 along with other animal welfare groups and welcomed the news of the vote by London council. "WSPA encourages other municipalities to follow London's leadership and voice their support for provincial zoo regulations," said Melissa Tkachyk, Campaigns Officer for WSPA Canada.

A recent poll of Ontarians suggested 97 per cent agreed that zoos should be required by law to meet professional, animal welfare and public safety standards. Thousands of others have written letters and signed petitions in support of such a law, as new cases of horrific conditions at roadside zoos have come to light.

On March 16, the Ontario SPCA seized 28 animals from the Kerwood Wolf Centre west of London in the Township of Adelaide-Metcalfe. SPCA inspectors said the animals lacked food and water and many were being forced to lay in their own excrement. One horse had to be euthanized. At the time of the raid, the owner was already facing charges stemming from the seizure of 18 animals last year.

/For further information: WSPA web site:
View Bill 154, the Regulation of Zoos Act :
View a complete copy of the polling results: IN: ENVIRONMENT, POLITICS, SOCIAL, TRAVEL, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Melissa Tkachyk, World Society for the Protection of Animals
    Primary Phone: 416-369-0044 ext. 108
    Secondary Phone: 416-712-3468