The World Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has applauded a new Private Members' Bills introduced on Monday in the Ontario Legislature.
The bill sponsored by MPP Dave Levac is called "The Exotic Wildlife in Captivity Act."
It would regulate the ownership of wild creatures and require owners to provide the animals with suitable housing and care, keeping the public safe from danger.
Ontario is the only province that currently does not require a license to keep dangerous exotic animals.
An estimated 500 lions, tigers, and other big cats are kept as pets in the province.