Mr. John Barlow, M.P.
House of Commons
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.
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