Ottawa bans captive monkeys and elephants

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Ottawa bans captive monkeys and elephants

After whales and dolphins, Ottawa intends to ban keeping elephants and great apes in captivity in the country “because of the cruelty they represent”.

A bill was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday to ban anyone from taking an elephant or a great ape, a term that includes chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. Only a few exceptions are given, especially in matters of preservation of a species or for scientific research.

“The recapture of any elephant or great ape in Canada must meet very strict criteria demonstrating that the activity is for animal welfare, conservation or science,” commented the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. , Steven Guilbeault.

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Senator Marky Klyne of Saskatchewan sponsored the bill that was introduced on Tuesday. “It is upsetting to know that according to current standards, a person does not need to hold a permit to own a chimpanzee in some regions of Canada,” he lamented to explain the interest of his fee.

Elephants, for their part, are very intelligent animals that suffer when kept in captivity or presented to the public in an unnatural environment, added the senator in the second reading of the law on Thursday.

Tightening the laws

The law banning the captivity of great apes and elephants is part of a series of laws adopted to better protect animals in the country and elsewhere in the world.

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On Monday, Minister Guilbeault announced the ban on the import of ivory from elephant horns and rhino horns, including hunting trophies and articles carved from ivory, for which it is necessary to obtain a permit. Few exceptions are planned for museums and scientific research.

In 2019, Canada also banned the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity.