Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Essay

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Research Paper: Illegal Wildlife Trafficking
Written by: Ryan Olson

Questions I’m looking to answer during the research phase if this project…
Question 1- How does Canada protect its wildlife from being illegally exported?
Question 2- What kind of laws/treaties are in place to protect wildlife?
Question 3- Why are certain animals more valuable than others?
Question 4- Are there any international treaties that protect animals from trafficking?
Question 5- Are other counties doing anything about this?
Question 6- What organizations if any are fighting this?
Question 7- What legal punishments for both importing or exporting are there in Canada?
Question 8- Is the problem increasing or decreasing
Question 9- Are there any types of technology
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In Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada is the lead department responsible for implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, an international agreement between governments, which aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act is the legislation used to implement the Convention.
*This article is a very recent one and it talks all about the charges and the fines Grigori could be facing here in Ontario, Canada. So, it provides recent and close to home information on wildlife trafficking.
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(Smith, 2017)
The black market of wildlife doesn’t just want land animals, they also want marine life too. For example, Asian people want certain fish parts because they believe that various parts of animals have “magic” abilities. These beliefs lead to various animals being butchered for no reason at all. People in Asia need to be educated more on medicine, and what different animal components really do. In Asia, dried totoabas bladders can be sold from $6,700 to more than $30,000 because on the “magic” abilities they believe it has.
*This website offers a lot of information on Asian culture and their
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On June 14, Hong Kong lawmakers are slated to formally present for consideration the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants (Amendment) Bill. The amended bill would ultimately phase out local ivory businesses by 2021, with steps to ban for commercial purposes the trade and possession of all elephant hunting trophies and ivory carvings. It would also nullify all possession licenses.
*This could potentially shut down one of the biggest offenders when it comes to the illegal ivory trade and will help me while writing this paper.
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(Environment and Climate Change Canada - Nature - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, 2017)
*This just offers a lot of information on CITES and how we put it into our government system and how it protects our environment and our wildlife.

(CITES, n.d.)

*This website tells you what CITES is and how it tried to regulate international trade. CITES has over 30,000 species of plants and animals listed on three Appendices. CITES have 179 counties (or parties) are members of CITES. If a member brakes the rules it can lead to trade suspensions and can have serious economic impacts on the counties

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