Environment Canada

Environment Canada

February 18, 2009 13:31 ET

British Columbia Firm Convicted of Offering to Sell Medicines Containing Tiger

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2009) - On February 17, 2009, Wing Quon Enterprises Ltd. of Richmond, BC received a $45,000.00 fine after pleading guilty in Richmond Provincial Court to illegally possessing medicines containing tiger parts for the purpose of selling or offering for sale.

The company was also ordered to forfeit medicines and products seized as part of the investigation. The medicines and products were made from some of the rarest species on the planet, namely tiger, costus root, agarwood, bear, pangolin, musk deer, and rhinoceros. All of these are protected species listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

The penalty imposed in this case reflects the level of endangerment of the species concerned as well as the commercial quantities involved. This is the first conviction in Canada under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA), for the offence of possessing tiger, one of the world's rarest protected species, for the purpose of selling or offering to sell it.

The total fine of $45,000 includes $40,000 that will be directed to the Traffic wildlife trade-monitoring program of WWF. Traffic, a joint program of WWF and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, is dedicated to ensuring that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. The program is carried out in close co-operation with the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

CITES is an international agreement to regulate trade in specific species of wild animals and plants, as well as their respective parts and derivatives. Environment Canada is the lead agency responsible for CITES implementation in Canada. WAPPRIITA is the legislation used to implement CITES in Canada. Further information on CITES and WAPPRIITA may be found at www.cites.ec.gc.ca.

(Egalement offert en francais)

Contact Information

  • Environment Canada
    Wildlife Officer, Wildlife Enforcement Division
    Marko Goluza
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations