Canada just became the first nation in history to opt out of every proposed resolution protecting new endangered species from international trade.
This is unprecedented. Documents just released from a 2013 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) show that Canada expressed “reservations” on extending protection to all 76 species added to the charter. That means the world said, “We need to protect this animal or plant right now” and Canada answered “meh.” 76 times.
No other country has even come within reach of this embarrassing position. Iceland is closest, with 22 reservations — given over 39 years. All 76 of Canada’s “mehs” came last year. There is literally no other country with a more isolated and radical opposition to protecting endangered species from international trade than Canada.
Tell Stephen Harper to withdraw their reservations to CITES and protect these endangered species.