A good time to review wild and exotic animal regulation in B.C.
The wildlife and exotic pet trade is not only cruel but also dangerous. It can be a source of zoonotic diseases (disease transmitted from animals to humans) that threaten public health.
B.C.’s Controlled Alien Species Regulation was established in 2008, after a pet tiger killed a B.C. resident, and is due to be reviewed this year. The regulation governs “the possession, breeding, shipping, and releasing of alien animals that pose a risk to the health or safety of people, property, wildlife, or wildlife habitat.”
We called on the provincial government to ensure the review addresses the risk of zoonotic disease from wild and exotic animals that may be imported into B.C. or traded within the province.
Our petition urging the B.C. government to do more to combat the wildlife trade is now closed.
The petition, which gained close to 3500 signatures, called on the provincial government to address the risk of zoonotic disease from wild and exotic animals that may be imported into B.C. or traded within the province. It has been sent to senior provincial government officials in Wildlife and Habitat.
How you can help
Please support our new campaign urging the federal government to take action against the wildlife trade at the national and international levels.