Media Advisory: Humane Society International rescuing approximately 100 wild and exotic animals following Montreal SPCA Criminal Code seizure

Lions, tigers, zebras, camels, kangaroos, bears among the animals listed in seizure warrant

MONTREAL, May 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Humane Society International/Canada, Friends of HSI, and HSI global — with the generous support of the Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation — are partnering with the Montreal SPCA to seize animals rescued from a roadside zoo in St-Édouard-de-Maskinongé, Quebec. HSI will provide all on-site care, transport and placement for approximately 100 animals.

The owner of the unaccredited facility has been arrested and charged neglect and cruelty to animals under the Canadian Criminal Code. If convicted, the accused could face a five-year prison sentence and a lifetime ban on having custody or control of an animal. Media is invited to attend an on-site press conference at 1pm EDT today.

WHAT: Roadside zoo animal rescue, including transportation and placement of animals.

WHEN: May 21, 2019 – press conference at 1pm EDT.

WHERE: St-Édouard Zoo, 3381 Rang des Chutes, Saint-Édouard-de-Maskinongé, QC J0K 2H0. Click here for the Google map.


  • Rebecca Aldworth, Executive Director - HSI/Canada
  • Ewa Demianowicz, Senior Campaign Manager - HSI/Canada
  • Sophie Gaillard, Animal Advocacy Director - Montreal SPCA
  • Dana Margolis, Executive Director - Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation

Photos and video will be made available prior to the press conference.

Media Contact: Christopher Paré, Director of Communications – o: 514-395-2914 x 206, c: 438-402-0643, email: 

Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, with active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation, farm animal welfare and animals in research. HSI/Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International which, together with its partners, constitutes one of the world's largest animal protection organizations. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide - on the Web at

Friends of HSI is a registered charitable organization working to protect animals through public education and awareness, rescue, sheltering, provision of veterinary services and other direct care programs. We are proud to be part of the Humane Society International family of global affiliates, which together comprise one of the largest and most effective animal protection groups in the world. On the Web at

The Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation was born out of a love of animals, humanity and nature. The foundation has been established to support and nurture these vital elements, with a threefold mandate: 1) to support organizations worldwide, who provide a natural sanctuary for abused, neglected and abandoned animals, both wild and domesticated, 2) to support the advocacy work of organizations worldwide, who rally for more stringent animal cruelty laws and subsequent penalties, and 3) to support organizations worldwide, whose main focus is to help animals, both wild and domesticated, who may be in immediate distress. Eric and Dana Margolis share a passion for animals and their wellbeing. This passion forms the basis of the Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation.