By Thursday, owners of lions, tigers, venomous snakes, reptiles and other exotic pets were required to have submitted documentation including animal-welfare information, public-safety plans and photos of the animals and their enclosures.
“People who do not have permits but have these potentially dangerous animals run the risk of significant legal consequences,” said Environment Minister Barry Penner Thursday. “Our goal is public safety and we’ve got to get control of what has been an uncontrolled industry in British Columbia.”
Owners of 1,200 “controlled, alien species” are required to have appropriate permits or face fines of up to $250,000 and/or a prison term of up to two years. Animals are already in B.C. can stay but none can be imported without application for a permit.
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