Bees on Leashes

Back in November, the City of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada, accidentally made it illegal to keep bees. Or wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants. (What? No more pet fire ants?)  Now they are trying to amend the prohibition on honey bees, as you can see in this bee-law by-law amendment. Below are the current insect prohibitions, which include bees. Amendment A-700 will exempt bees and treat them like any other pet.

Amendment to allow beekeeping in NS

Apiaries – if properly registered and maintained – are legal in Nova Scotia. Because it’s legal and because of popular demand,  the city of Halifax is removing ‘bees’ from its prohibited creatures list. It looks like the amendment will come in effect next week. If it stands as written, honey bee possession will be similar to cat and dog ownership and will no longer be a crime – as long as the bees either stay on the owner’s property. If they do leave (to visit flowers, for example) they must be properly leashed, like other pets. For those of you who doubt bees can be tethered on a leash, the kids in the video below show you how to do it.

h/t and thanks and story credit to:  The Coast – Halifax’s Website.

About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working at the University of Calgary. He is also a geophysicist and does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He's based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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