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Old 07-26-04, 08:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Southwold Township Ban following Tiger incident

So they're bringing in an exotic animal ban, but they're excluding non-venomous snakes. Interesting.

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Exotic animal ban expected

The mauling of a 10-year-old has prompted Southwold Township to move on a proposed bylaw.
PATRICK MALONEY, Free Press Reporter 2004-07-26 02:06:13

It's taken 18 months, and a vicious tiger attack on a child, for Southwold Township to move on a proposed bylaw to ban exotic animal ownership. But since the June 13 attack on the 10-year-old boy, township council has twice been over a dormant bylaw that would ban such animals, and tonight is set to approve the proposal dating back to 2003.

"After the (attack) council jumped on the bandwagon for full prohibition," Southwold Mayor Jim McIntyre said last week, noting exotic animal ownership would be fully banned in the township.

That's welcome news to Southwold residents who 18 months ago petitioned council act "before there's a tragedy."

While the young boy survived the June attack, it was the kind of incident some residents have long feared.

The unidentified boy was visiting Southwold resident Norm Buwalda with his family to take pictures of Buwalda's tigers for a school project when the owner led one big cat from its enclosure, police said.

The 350-pound tiger lunged at the boy, who was left with serious neck and head injuries.

Police concluded no charges were warranted.

A neighbour who has pushed for the animal ban for years said he'd be surprised if the township's five councillors don't approve the bylaw.

"I don't think any one of these people would ever dream of voting against it," said Dr. David Rawson.

"A 10-year-old boy is mauled by a tiger. Does this make sense to you? No, it's absolutely insane," he said.

While reluctant to lay blame, Rawson said earlier action by council could have prevented the near-tragedy.

"We need to get this done right away," he said. "Until there's a law, you can't be guilty of breaking it."

The bylaw, however, isn't as simple as it may sound.

While the big cats Buwalda keeps on his estate are the target, several township residents who breed animals that could be considered "exotic" may also be affected.

But council has drafted an extensive list qualifying the term and saying what is and isn't banned:

Among those barred would be bears, wolves, coyotes, lions, bobcats, cougars, tigers, jaguars and alligators.

The bylaw excludes elk, llama, bison, non-venomous snakes and several types of birds.

As of last Friday, Buwalda, who declined comment, still had at least two tigers caged in the driveway of his estate.

Township lawyer Mark Shields was unavailable but recently told the St. Thomas Times-Journal the township will go "full-steam ahead" with enforcement.

"If the law is passed it will be enforced and that may include higher courts," he said.

Another township, West Elgin, has passed a similar ban since the tiger attack, and London Coun. Bill Armstrong is intent on pushing for the same restriction in London.

Armstrong said while nothing dangerous has happened in London, that's all the more reason to put a ban in place.

"If (we) were proactive these accidents wouldn't happen," he said.

McIntyre said that the province should look at possibly passing an Ontario-wide ban.
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Old 07-26-04, 05:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Proactive my ***.. They just want the public to think that their tax money is doing something important like banning animals instead of putting more police on the street.

While I agree some restrictions are needed, I also believe that there should always be room for a RESPONSIBLE keeper to have what they want.. providing they can prove that they can take care of it properly and safely.


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Old 07-26-04, 06:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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See!!!!!! Incidents like this are like cancer cells that spread out. That is why we have to be responsible with our animals. It doesn't matter if you are going out with a boa around your neck or walking a tiger down the road. Something stupid is going to happen sooner or later and then you get crap like these exotic animal bans.
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No regulations are needed. This happened under controlled circumstances, the tiger wasn't loose on the streets. Whats needed is for people to stand up and take responsibility for themselves and their actions. There are 2 people at fault here, the animal keeper and the child's parent for putting the child in that situation. How ever it is Darwinism at work, with the scaring the child will have she probably won't reproduce and the stupid gene won't be passed on.
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Re: Southwold Township Ban following Tiger incident

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, and London Coun. Bill Armstrong is intent on pushing for the same restriction in London.

Armstrong said while nothing dangerous has happened in London, that's all the more reason to put a ban in place.

They already have a ban on these animals in London! What are they going to ban now? Tabbys and Pugs???
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Old 07-27-04, 01:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Those are some pretty disgusting regulations in London.

Reptiles (Jan. 1999) lists the top 5 beginner snakes as the corn, ball python, boa constrictor, cal king and rosy boa, all of which exceed the 2 foot limit. Also, no lizards over 1 foot and no more than 2 reptiles. Also, the by-law prohibits keeping more then 2 birds (exept that you can have 60 pigeons).

Not that I want to do anything about it or that it even effects me, I just thought I'd complain a little.
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