FREDERICTON, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The adoption today by a unanimous vote
of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly of a motion calling for a
provincial action plan to fix the existing exotic animal and zoo
licensing rules was hailed as an example for other jurisdictions by
Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).
"What we saw in the Legislature today, sets an example few hope other
legislatures and governments will follow, when it comes to addressing
the issues around the keeping of exotic animals and licensing of zoos,"
said Massimo Bergamini, CAZA Executive Director.
"By eliminating political gamesmanship from the equation, this kind of
bi-partisan approach clears the way for a thorough examination of the
current system and the development of a plan to fix it."
"New Brunswick is leading the way, not only in Atlantic Canada, but in
the rest of the country on what is becoming more and more of a public
safety, public health and animal welfare concern."
Bergamini was in Fredericton along with Bruce Dougan, Manager of the
Magnetic Hill Zoo to meet with legislators and government to push for
clearer, tougher and better enforced rules around exotic animals and
zoo and aquariums and to offer CAZA's ongoing support for their
SOURCE: Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA)
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