We did not secure the commitment we were looking for at the G20 Leaders’ Summit last month, but there is still good news to report. Your tremendous outpouring of support helped us raise the profile of this issue among Canadian Parliamentarians.
Thanks to you, our petition has led to a House of Commons petition that will be formally introduced in the legislature by an MP. Your voice is helping to bring this issue into the House of Commons. This means that the government is required to respond, more MPs will take notice, and it becomes part of the official government record.
While G20 Leaders didn’t commit to end the wildlife trade, they did pledge to advance long-term solutions to prevent pandemics – and that is definitely something we can work with and bring to the Italian G20 presidency in 2021. Furthermore, the agricultural ministers on behalf of all G20 nations agreed and called for stronger measures to mitigate zoonotic disease risks associated with the wildlife trade.
Ending the global wildlife trade is a big change, and we knew there would be resistance. But it is necessary to help get our planet back into some sort of balance. Our welfare is connected with animals and the planet; we are all in this together.
We are preparing some big plans to move the Canadian government to act on this issue in 2021. Right now, we need you to sign the House of Commons petition to prove to the government that this is an issue of national and global importance and we’re not backing down.
Keep reading to sign the petition and for the latest news about the wildlife trade.
In case you missed it, we released a documentary this summer. Watch the full mini-documentary Fooled by a smile: An ex trainer speaks out against cruel dolphin captivity.