Bill C-205, An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act

Mr. John Barlow, M.P.
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6


Subject:                                   Bill C-205, An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act


Dear Mr. Barlow,

This letter is to advise you that Canada’s Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) can support the intent and quick passage of Bill C-205, An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act.

Accredited zoos and aquariums across Canada place public safety, and that of the animals in our care above all else, we cannot “have anyone enter a building or other enclosed place in which animals are kept knowing that or being reckless”.

In September of 2020, one of our smaller members experienced two male suspects breaking into their zoo during the night. Cherrybrook Zoo is in the process of closing, many of the animals at that time had been rehomed. Two lions and two tigers remain on site. Video of the break-in was posted on Facebook, no one was injured, however, this kind of behavior endangered all concerned and cannot be tolerated.

Our members welcome the public every day, strict safety protocols are in place to protect the visiting public, staff, and animals. We cannot have persons intentionally breaching these protocols.  Bill C-205 places severe financial penalties we think will act as a deterrent to those who intend to breach security and safety measures, be it during daylight or nighttime hours.

Given the opportunity, we are happy to appear as a witness in support of this legislation.


Best Regards,

Jim Facette
Executive Director and CEO
Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums


cc:      Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Pat Finnigan, M.P., Chair

Ms. Lianne Rood, M.P., Vice-Chair

Mr. Yves Perron, M.P., Vice-Chair

Mr. Kody Blois, M.P., Member

Mr. Neil Ellis, M.P., Member

Mr. Dave Epp, M.P., Member

Mr. Tim Louis, M.P., Member

Mr. Alistair MacGregor, M.P. Member

Mr. Warren Steinley, M.P., Member

Ms. Lyne Bessette, M.P., Member

Mr. Francis Drouin, M.P., Member

Mr. Richard Lehoux, M.P., Member

Ms. Alexie Labelle, Clerk

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