Thursday, January 14, 2010

500 Tigers kept as pets in Ontario, Canada!

Beware of tiger

In many ways, Ontario is the ultimate nanny state. You can't use your cellphone while driving. You can't buy a pit bull. But you can, apparently, own a Siberian tiger.

Norman Buwalda was mauled to death by his pet tiger in southern Ontario on the weekend. One of Buwalda's tigers, possibly the same one, attacked a 10-year-old boy in 2004, leading the municipality to pass a bylaw banning exotic pets. Buwalda fought the bylaw and was able to keep his tigers.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals estimates there are about 500 tigers kept as pets in Ontario. Many municipalities (including Ottawa) include tigers on their lists of prohibited exotic pets, but some don't. The patchwork of bylaws clearly isn't sufficient to prevent exotic animals from being kept as curiosities in

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