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The law, which bans holding the animals in captivity or for breeding, was passed this week by Canada’s parliament and has been hailed by animal rights activists.

Under the new law, violations will be punishable with fines up to 200,000 Canadian dollars (about $150,000 or £118,000).

“We have a moral obligation to phase out the capture and retention of animals for profit and entertainment,” senator Wilfred Moore said in a statement. “Canadians are calling upon us to do better – and we have listened.”

Source: Independent