FIGHT to legalize sugar gliders in Ottawa, Ontario!

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Ottawa should legalize sugar gliders to be kept as pets. The law where people cannot own exotic pets is unfair because it doesn't affect us or sugar gliders in any way.

Sugar gliders are marsupials native to Australia, Tasmania, Indonesia and Papua-New Guinea and are closely related to koalas and kangaroos. They are mammals and adults weigh about 4 to 5 ounces. Sugar glider recognize the people that handle them and express pleasure and displeasure just like people. They can live up to 15 years in captivity. The reasons on why Sugar gliders should be legal are:

  1. Sugar gliders are legal in most states in the US and are legal in Hamilton Ontario, Stoney Creek Ontario and Kitchener Ontario so why not Ottawa?
  2. Sugar gliders are harmless. They don't bite often but when they do, they are severely threatened and are in danger. Their bites feel like a pinch and rarely draw blood. Common household pets such as dogs and cats are more harmful than sugar gliders.
  3. Gliders are also not endangered, near endangered, or conservation dependent. Wild populations are not affected when you have these amazing creatures.
  4. Sugar gliders are very adaptable creatures meaning they will adapt to the weather and environment. In the winter there are heating lamps and heating stones that can be provided to keep them warm.
  5. These animals tend to be low maintenance compared to dogs and cats. Since they are low maintenance and small, you can bring them anywhere, and not constantly watch them.
  6. They are perfect animals for busy people because they don't need their head scratched like cats do and they don't need to be walked like dogs.
  7. Sugar gliders are hypoallergenic which makes them fantastic pets for animal lovers.
  8. Their diet is not complex. They mostly eat fruit, yogurt drops and small insects.
  9. Gliders are not invasive and will not harm the ecosystem in any way.

These adorable animals bring joy to everyone around them, so please support these amazing creatures and help legalize keeping them as pets by signing and sharing this petition! Thank you for all your support!