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All the Exotic Pets That are Illegal to Own in Canada

Exotic pets are becoming increasingly popular with those looking for an animal companion that’s a bit more outside of the mainstream than cats, dogs and goldfish — through there are certain animals that should definitely not be considered when looking for a pet due to factors like animal welfare and cruelty, environmental impact and public health and safety. A number of exotic animals are illegal to own in Canada — although regulations and laws governing exotic animals can vary wildly from province to province, and even from one municipality to another. Described by one expert as a “patchwork” of regulations, ownership of exotic animals is definitely not uniform throughout the country, so it’s important to do your research and learn what’s allowed for your situation before bringing home any pet. With this in mind, here are some of the exotic animals that may be illegal to own in your province or city in Canada.

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