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Old 06-20-03, 11:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Another Rotten Bylaw

The City of Surrey. Home of the Infamous Christine Schramm and the Rainforest Reptile Refuge has decided to create a new bylaw. This bylaw was proposed and given a 1st 2nd and 3rd reading all in one meeting without the promised announcement to the local reptile society. Its final adoption will take place shortly but they wont say when. the bylaw is pasted below. The contact information for the city councillors is on this page
Basically with this bylaw nobody will be allowed to sell trade or give away any reptile in the city limits without a fine of up to $5000. Please help us out by sending a letter of protest.



BY-LAW NO. 14823

A by-law respecting the sale and purchase of endangered,
dangerous and exotic animals
.................................................. ................................

WHEREAS Section 703(1) of the Local Government Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 323 authorizes a municipal council to pass by laws for prohibiting or regulating the keeping of animals.

The Council of the City of Surrey HEREBY ENACTS as follows:

1. This By law may be cited as "Surrey Exotic Animal By law, 2003, No. 14823".


2. In this By law, unless the context otherwise requires:

"animal" includes birds and reptiles, but excludes humans, fish and aquatic invertebrates;

"City" means the City of Surrey;

"Council" means the Council of the City of Surrey;

"endangered animal" means any animal listed on the CITES #1 Endangered Species list;

"keep" means the act of having the care, custody, control or possession of an animal;

"prohibited or dangerous animal" means any animal that is or is deemed to be potentially harmful to humans by nature, aggression, venom, toxins or size and that require specifically designed, secure enclosures to ensure safekeeping including those prohibited animals listed on Schedule "A"; and

"safekeeping" means the provision for security in order to prevent any animal from attacking or injuring a person or domesticated animal or farm animal or exposing same to infection or disease.


3. This by law does not apply to domestic dogs which are regulated under the Surrey Dog Responsibility By Law, 1999, No. 13880.


4. No person shall sell, transfer or exchange, or offer to sell, transfer or exchange, for any consideration whatsoever in the City, either on a temporary or permanent basis, any endangered animal or any prohibited or dangerous animal.

5. No person shall purchase, buy, take in exchange, take in part payment or otherwise acquire for any consideration whatsoever in the City, either on a temporary or permanent basis, any endangered animal or any prohibited or dangerous animal.

6. For the purposes of sections 4 and 5, prohibited or dangerous animal includes any animal listed in or falling within those classes of animal listed in Schedule "A" attached to and forming part of this by law.


7. Sections 4 and 5 of this by law do not apply to prevent the keeping or safekeeping of animals at:

(a) the premises of a City facility used for keeping impounded animals;

(b) the premises of an affiliate or branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals;

(c) the premises of an accredited veterinary hospital under the care of a licensed veterinarian;

(d) the premises of facilities accredited by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums; and

(e) the premises of an establishment licensed pursuant to the Meat Inspection Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 283.


8. Any person who contravenes any provision of this by law or who suffers or permits any act or thing to be done in contravention of this by law is guilty of an offence.


9. Any person or corporation convicted of a breach of any provision of this by law shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $100 and not more than $5,000 plus the costs of the prosecution.


10. Where this by law conflicts with any other by laws respecting animals, this by law prevails to the extent of the conflict.

PASSED THREE READINGS on the 16th day of June, 2003.

RECONSIDERED AND FINALLY ADOPTED, signed by the Mayor and Clerk, and sealed with the Corporate Seal on the _________ day of _________________, 2003.

_________________________________ MAYOR

_________________________________ CLERK
LJC 6/20/03 10:20 PM



1. Animals on the list of the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species (CITES #1 Endangered Species List).

2. Marsupials, including kangaroos, opossums and wallabies, except the sugar glider (perauridae breviceps).

3. Non human primates, including chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys and lemurs.

4. Felids, including tigers, leopards and cougars, except the domestic cat.

5. Canids, including coyotes, wolves, foxes and hybrid wolf dogs, except the domestic dog.

6. Mustelids, including weasels, otters, badgers and skunks, except domesticated ferrets.

7. Ursids.

8. Artiodactylus Ungulates, except domesticated goats, sheep, pigs, cattle and lamas.

9. Procynonids, including raccoons, coatis and cacomistles.

10. Hyenas.

11. Perissodactylus Ungulates, except domesticated horses, donkeys and asses.

12. Elephants.

13. Cetaceans and pinnipeds, including seals, fur seals and walruses.

14. Reptiles.

15. Ratite Birds, including rheas and cassowaries.

16. Raptors, including eagles, hawks and owls, whether diurnal or nocturnal.

17. Edentates, including anteaters, sloths and armadillos.

18. Bats.

19. Cockroaches.

20. Crocodilian, including alligators and crocodiles.

21. Viverids, including mongooses, civets and genets.

22. Constrictors, including pthonidia and biodae, rock pythons, burmese pythons, reticulated pythons and green anaconda.
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