Strengthening the International Legal Framework to Tackle IWT

Elephanatics, along with other organizations and subject-matter experts, has co-signed and supports initiatives introduced and outlined in a letter written by John Scanlon, Chair, Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime. The letter addresses the need to strengthen the international legal framework against wildlife trafficking and was sent to Canada’s Environment Minister, Steven Guilbeault, requesting the Government of Canada support an additional Protocol to the UNTOC to prevent and combat wildlife trafficking.
Please read letter in full in link below.

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, P.C., M.P. Minister of Environment and Climate Change House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6
via email:

Hon. Mélanie Joly, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hon. Arif Virani, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

September 7th, 2023

Dear Minister Guilbeault,

We are writing to better understand Canada’s views on how best to tackle wildlife trafficking at the international level, and to encourage the Government to further consider the merits of an additional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).
The size and scale of wildlife trafficking is a truly global challenge and one that demands urgent action. The value of illegal trade has been estimated at between $7 and $23 billion per year. A report by FINTRAC acknowledges that “illegal wildlife trade not only affects Canada, but poses a serious threat internationally”. Canada has signaled that this is a priority issue to address, both at home and abroad, and we were pleased to see the inclusion of the subject in the December 2021 Mandate Letter for the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) committing Canada to “work with partners to curb illegal wildlife trade”…….

Read letter here:  Letter on strengthening the international legal framework to tackle IWT – Government of Canada




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