Exotic ban takes step forward
Abbotsford to rid urban area of exotic beast?
A move to restrict exotic animals in Abbotsford took another step forward yesterday. City council was scheduled to give three readings of a new bylaw on the topic after press deadline last night. As well, councillors raised concerns about parts of the bylaw.
"Some people have suggested that the definition of exotic animal is too broad" said Coun.Ed Fast.
Under the new bylaw, wild or exotic animals are prohibited except in agricultural areas, when used in travelling performances or film productions or when displayed at a show, exhibit or rodeo. Pet stores, animal hospitals and veterinary clinics are also permitted to keep the animals.
Council began discussing the need for an exotic pet bylaw last fall, after a Vancouver television station aired a story in late October about Abbotsford's Kim Carlton and his Bengal tiger, Kisa, which he kept in his backyard.