On Sunday, South Simoe Police were going bananas trying to lure a Monkey in Innisfil. Mango, the Spider Monkey was finally captured safely and the owner was found.
Monkey ownership isn’t outlawed province-wide, there are bylaws against it in Innisfil, Ont. While Spider Monkey’s are generally safe to be around, if domesticated, they are still classified as exotic animals…
There’s almost no uniform animal ownership law in Ontario, although the government has pledged to make changes. Ontario’s former community safety minister Madeleine Meilleur called the current system a “patchwork” of inconsistent laws and vowed to toughen them up after the shocking deaths of two New Brunswick boys killed by an illegally owned python in 2013.
While the bylaws differ from city to city, the only animal banned province-wide is the pit bull.
Crocodiles, elephants, leopards and others are widely banned, but those decisions are still up to each municipality.