The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, P.C., M.P. Minister of Environment and Climate Change House of Commons
via email: Steven.Guilbeault@parl.gc.ca
Hon. Mélanie Joly, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon. Arif Virani, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada email@example.com
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”…….