St. Catharines City Council Rejects Reptilia Zoo’s Application for Animal Control Bylaw Exemption

St. Catharines City Council has voted against a by-law exemption that would have allowed Reptilia Zoo to keep exotic animals in small enclosures at a local mall. The City’s by-law prohibits the keeping of certain reptiles for reasons relating to animal welfare and public safety. Reptilia Zoo has applied four times for a special exemption to the City’s by-laws but previously withdrew its applications before they came to a vote.