January is an exciting month for us because we can look back at everything we achieved together last year. Despite all the trials and tragedies, your support, dedication, and determination gave millions of animals a better life. We are so excited for you to watch our video showcasing your accomplishments for animals. Keep reading to see how you moved the world for animals in 2020.
As we celebrate our achievements, we are also looking forward to the work ahead. Already this year we saw the impacts of the wildlife trade here in our own backyard. A shipment of 59 wild-caught parrots and toucans from Guyana was able to enter Canada and be subsequently shipped from Toronto to Vancouver and onto Japan. Canadian airport and government staff allowed this to happen despite reports that the exporter did not have proper permits, the birds were observed to be in poor health and without adequate food and water.
We connected with Dr. Nadine Meyer, a veterinarian with a special interest in birds who volunteered to go to the airport to feed the birds. What she observed was heartbreaking and the latest reminder that Canada must do its part to end the wildlife trade.