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 - I know someone with a wild or exotic pet – is this ok?

If the animal is a native species of Canada (e.g. raccoon, skunk, robin, owl, deer) – NO it is illegal. Only under specific permits for rehabilitation, falconry, scientific study or public display can native wildlife species be kept in captivity. If the animal is a monkey, tiger, caiman or other exotic animal the likely answer is NO – please refer to the new exotics legislation information to understand recent legal changes and permit requirements for grandfathered animals in BC. Municipalities also have stricter exotic animal bylaws so enquire locally if this animal is restricted.

 

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