THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

Q - Can I keep a wild or exotic animal as a pet?

Wild animals – NO – it is illegal to keep a wild animal as a pet under provincial and federal law.

Exotic animals – it depends on the species. The BC SPCA does not support the keeping of ANY wild or exotic animal as pets, as they suffer in captivity due to their unique physical and emotional needs. Currently, provincial laws prohibit the keeping of only certain exotic animals like tigers, primates, and crocodiles. However, many municipalities have additional exotic animal bylaws that prohibit the keeping of some or all exotic animals – so check with the local municipality to see which exotic animal species are banned.

 

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