I just believe it's a little dumb to outlaw having Degus, Why not just say, if you have them they must be spayed or neutered like they do with ferrets? Or restrict the importing of the animals to just one gender. It's a little more humane than to just take the animals and destroy them. I know with hairless guinea pigs, or "Skinny Pigs" the breeders only send one sex to the pet stores. Why not just do something along those lines?
I don't know, I am just wondering what the difference is between Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, P.E.I and New Brunswick. You can have Degus and Hedgehogs in some other provinces, with very similar ecosystems. If the fear of the pets being turned loose and breeding is a problem, why aren't they restricting rats and mice? The pets are a different species than the ones we have in the wild. I am going to get some more information next week on the restrictions, what they are and why they are in place.
I know Alberta has a province wide ban on rats, if you are caught bringing rats into the province they will be destroyed, you will be fined and can face prison time! I guess we are lucky we can still have our rattys!