Winnipeg Aquarists Avoid The Ban Hammer

06 May, 2022

Aquarists of Winnipeg, Canada were facing a near-total ban on aquarium livestock under recent pet ownership rule proposals being discussed by city leadership.

via PIJAC Canada, by Audrey Steren Lenoir

PIJAC Canada

Last Thursday it was determined that specialty (exotic) pets in Winnipeg could continue to be part of the city’s pet community. The citizens of Winnipeg have spoken.

In a nutshell, the exotic pets item [a 2021 proposal to ban most exotic pets, including fish and coral] was not reintroduced as a recommendation at the council, having been defeated at the committee level, and therefore that portion of the responsible pet ownership bylaw will not change. This means there will not be a reduction in the common types of specialty pets traditionally available to Winnipeggers. The city will maintain the prohibited list instituted in 2013.

Thank you to everyone who came together to work on this issue. PIJAC Canada has always worked with stakeholders towards advancements in animal care and helping to ensure appropriate pets are available to Canadians.


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  1. May 12, 2022

    PJAC really played almost no part in this battle against these regulations. This was all due to the hard work of a few individuals. PJAC did nothing effective to assist them

  2. November 15, 2022

    Is the comment above true? Seems like they had a part but wondering after reading that.

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