The Exotic Animals By-law prohibits owning, importing, selling, and displaying exotic animals in the Township. Exotic Animals are defined as any animal listed below.
|Class of Animals||Common Name – Examples|
|All Venomous Arachnids||Tarantulas|
|All Venomous Arthropods||Scorpion|
|All Artiodactyl Ungulates (except domestic goats, sheep, pig, cattle, antelope, llamas, alpacas)||Camel, Giraffes|
|All Canidae (other than common dog)||Wolf, Jackal, Fox, Coyote or hybrids|
|All Crocodylidae||Alligator, Crocodile|
|All Endentates||Anteater, Armadillo, Sloth|
|All Felids (other than common cat)||Leopard, Lion, Tiger, Lynx, Panther, Puma, Cheetah, Jaguar, Bobcat|
|All Insectivora (except hedgehog)||Shrews, Moles|
|All Marsupialia||Bandicoot, Kangaroo, Opossum, Koala, Wombat|
|All Mustelidae (except domestic ferrets)||Marten, Polecat, Weasel, Otters, Badgers, Mink, Wolverine|
|All Perissodactyl Ungulates (except domestic horse, donkey, mule or jackass)||Zebra, Rhinoceroses, Tapir|
|All Pinnipediae||Seal, Walrus, Sea Lion|
|All Non-Human Primates||Ape, Lemur, Monkey, Gorilla|
|All Procyonidae||Coati, Raccoon, Ringtails|
|All Raptors (except ostrich, emus)||Eagle, Hawk, Owl, Vulture, Falcon|
|All Ratites (except ostrich, emus)||Cassowary, Rheas|
|All Venomous Reptilia||Venomous Snake, Lizard|
|All Serpentes of the families Pythonidae and Boidae||Python, Boa, Anaconda|
Note: The common names referred to in the right-hand column are some of the names of animals referred to in the left-hand column of this schedule. The common name is provided for information purposes only and is not intended to limit the extent of the classes of animals referred to.
A venomous animal shall be considered venomous notwithstanding the animal has undergone a surgical procedure to remove or inhibit its production of venom.
The following general exemptions apply to the keeping of exotic animals in the Township:
- veterinary hospitals under the care of a licensed veterinarian;
- designated pounds or shelters;
- premises registered as research facilities pursuant to the Animals for Research Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.A.22, as amended;
- farms involving alternative livestock animals where such use is permitted by the Township of Howick Zoning By-law and providing that the animals are kept in a secure, humane and escape-proof cage, tank or enclosure.
Any person may request an exemption from Council from provision(s) of the exotic animal by-law. Applications may be made by making a delegation request at a council meeting. Council may impose conditions on any exemption.