Animals in captivity at Ontario’s roadside zoos deserve better

Animals across Ontario are trapped in degrading conditions due to insufficient regulations. In Ontario, anyone can operate a zoo or own wild animals without needing a licence, expertise or justifiable reason. This lack of oversight leads to widespread neglect and suffering.

Join us in calling on the Ontario government for stronger provincial regulations and meaningful enforcement. With your support, we are striving to make this the last year that roadside zoos operate unregulated.

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Our vision is a world where animals live free from cruelty and suffering. Together we can move the world to protect animals.
A lion in a roadside zoo
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Two lions sit on a structure in a small enclosure in a roadside zoo in Ontario.
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A lemur in a Canadian roadside zoo
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