Hamilton politicians are taking no action on a local businesses request for an exemption from the responsible pet ownership by-law.
Representatives of Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo have gone before the planning committee asking to be able to keep a number of crocodiles and big snakes.
Founder Paul Goulet insist his staff are trained and respected in the handling of such reptiles, within their three-pronged mandate of conversation, animal rescue and promotion of responsible pet ownership.
Those arguing against the exemption include Florine Morrison of Zoocheck who calls the city’s bylaw “fair and reasonable”.
She adds that it protects animals and the public from “such tragic incidents as recently experienced in New Brunswick”.
That’s a reference to the deaths of two young boys who were strangled by an African Rock Python which had escaped from a store beneath the apartment in which they were sleeping.
Little Ray’s has until next month to remove a number of reptiles which are being kept in violation of the city by-law, including pythons longer than three feet.