Province called on to get serious about banning exotic animals

The province is being called out today to finally do something when it comes to banning exotic animals.

Thirty-eight venomous snakes, 20 live and 18 dead, were seized from a home in North York this week.

Toronto does have a law prohibiting them.

The province? Not so much. In fact, the only animals banned by the province are Pitbulls and Orcas.

"We know for sure there are all kinds of snakes, including illegal, venomous, dangerous snakes, in homes across Toronto and across the province," says Camille Labchuk, lawyer and executive director for Animal Justice.

It would be much easier to crack down on people who own exotic animals if the province got on board.

Right now it's up to municipalities to fend for themselves and often times no one is the wiser unless a tip comes in from the public.

"It's absolutely time the government act. It's been decades that people have been calling on them to do this. It's time they step in to protect animals and the public."

The Canada Border Services Agency was the one to alert the City of Toronto about the venomous snakes being shipped to the home in North York.

Some of them included cobras, rattlesnakes, and vipers.

Labchuk describes a thriving underground market for exotic animals and venomous snakes, mostly online.

She strongly believes in the North York case the snakes were being bred to be sold.