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OVMA Position Statements August 2017

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OVMA 420 Bronte Street South, Suite 205, Milton, Ontario L9T 0H9 T. 905.875.0756 or 1.800.670.1702 (toll-free) F. 905.875.0958 or 1.877.482.5941 (toll-free) OVMA Position Statement – Keeping Other Animals as Pets Some people select other animals as pets. These animals have specific needs (behavioural, environmental, social and nutritional) that must be met. Responsible pet ownership practices are no less important. All the following criteria should be taken into account when considering other animals as pets: Species ownership is supported by the existence of published information pertinent to its proper animal husbandry and veterinary care requirements Species ownership does not pose a significant threat to public health and safety The species in question does not represent a significant threat to native (indigenous) wildlife populations Species ownership is permitted under provincial, federal or international laws and regulations, such as the following: Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Canada is a signatory party. Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA). Federal statute administered by Environment Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service) At the provincial level, pertinent regulations usually fall under the Ministry of Agriculture and/or Ministry of Natural Resources (Fish and Game Department) NOTE: Information on all these regulations can be obtained from the local provincial conservation officer or game warden. (February 5, 2014 Board)

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