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WCS Canada comments on Canada Gazette Part 1 Volume 157 Number 25 Regulations, 24-07-2023

Ray, J. & Lieberman, S.


Abstract

On behalf of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada, we are pleased to submit our comments to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in response to the public consultation on Regulations Amending the Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations regarding the international trade of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn, as per the Canada Gazette, Part 1, Volume 157, Number 25.

WCS Canada's scientists specialise in biodiversity, conservation biology, landscape ecology, climate change, and species at risk assessment and recovery in Canada. We are affiliated with sister programs of WCS in more than 60 countries with long-term commitments and conservation programs in dozens of landscapes and seascapes acrossthe globe. WCS is a strong supporter ofthe Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and hasstaff who have attended all meetings of the Conference of the Parties since CoP7 in 1989 . One of us (Dr. Lieberman), leads this and other international policy initiatives at WCS along with all matters of international policy. She also serves as the Chair of the Board of WCSCanada, and as one of the three elected IUCN Regional Councilors for North America and the Caribbean.

This submission is consistent with WCS responses to similar consultations on elephant ivory trade conducted by the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States, Singapore, and other countries, as well as WCS input to various processes and discussions by Parties to CITES. We were surprised that our comments in response to Canada Gazette, Part 1, Volume 155, Number 30: GOVERNMENT NOTICES, submitted Sept. 22, 2021, were not referenced in this consultation document (Canada Gazette, Part 1, Volume 157, Number 25). Although we would not have expected to have been named, the key issues that we flagged and the evidence we provided were not mentioned in the Consultation section among the small number of conservation organizations that submitted “unique” comments.

Recommended citation

Ray, J. & Lieberman, S. (2023). WCS Canada comments on Canada Gazette Part 1 Volume 157 Number 25 Regulations, 24-07-2023. WCS Canada. https://library.wcs.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/API/Entries/Download?EntryId=49603&PortalId=96

Justina Ray

Justina Ray

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