Exotic animals in B.C. will need permits from April

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Animal trainer Gerry Therrien of Actionanimals.com is beside "Dax", a 475 pound Bengal tiger, at his Abbotsford property in this file photo.  Therrien makes his 20 animals available to the film industry. New regulations and permit application requirements come into effect on April 1, 2010 to regulate the ownership of the most dangerous exotic animals in B.C.
Animal trainer Gerry Therrien of Actionanimals.com is beside "Dax", a 475 pound Bengal tiger, at his Abbotsford property in this file photo. Therrien makes his 20 animals available to the film industry. New regulations and permit application requirements come into effect on April 1, 2010 to regulate the ownership of the most dangerous exotic animals in B.C.
Photo Credit: Stuart Davis, Vancouver Sun Files
 

VICTORIA — B.C. residents who own exotic animals, or are thinking of purchasing one, must apply for a permit before April, the B.C. government said Wednesday.

The new regulations come into effect on April 1, 2010 to regulate the ownership of dangerous exotic animals including tigers, lions, venomous and poisonous snakes and other large reptiles, according to a Wednesday news release.

All owners of animals that are not native to B.C. will require a permit by April 1, which are now available, the government said.

B.C. residents without permits for their exotic animals can be fined up to $250,000 and jailed for two years. Their animal could also be seized.

www.globaltvbc.com/technology/Exotic+animals+will+need+permits+from+April/2265947/story.html

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