News surfaced recently that 12 containers of meat from endangered fin whales were shipped through the port of Halifax, across Canada, and then through a port in Metro Vancouver. Shipped from Iceland, the meat was bound for Japan.
Under CITES, the international agreement governing the trade in endangered wildlife, fin whales are listed as endangered. As a CITES signatory, Canada has an international obligation to stand against the illegal trade in endangered wildlife.
However, Environment Canada claims that “transshipments” of endangered wildlife between non-complying countries are legal so long as they are sealed and bonded.
This goes against both the spirit and the letter of Canada’s own legislation preventing importing and trade in endangered species. Importation of whale meat into Canada is unlawful - and the legal definition of importation includes products shipped through Canada and bound for another country.
Please speak up and tell Canada to end to the importation and transshipment of endangered wildlife, including whale meat.
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