#80: Exposing the Legal Wildlife Trade With Casey Bond

Paw & Order: Canada's Animal Law Podcast by Animal Justice
Paw & Order: Canada's Animal Law Podcast by Animal Justice
#80: Exposing the Legal Wildlife Trade With Casey Bond
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June 1, 2021

In Episode 80 of the Paw & Order podcast, Camille Labchuk interviews Casey Bond, the communications manager at the animal advocacy research non-profit Faunalytics, to discuss their groundbreaking new report analyzing the legal wildlife trade in the United States. This report reveals shocking discoveries, including up to $2 billion worth of ivory being legally trafficked because of a serious legal loophole, and that nearly 80% of live imported organisms were taken from the wild.

Much of the public has been made aware of the issues within the illegal wildlife trade, but the report makes is clear that allowing the legal wildlife trade also has catastrophic effects on wildlife and the environment. Casey and Camille also discuss Canada’s problematic role in the wildlife trade, and why governments worldwide should tackle this crisis before it’s too late. Click here to take action to end Canada’s wildlife trade.

Faunalytics is a non-profit organizations dedicated to conducting vital research to give animal advocates the research and insights they need to make effective change for animals.

In the news, Camille and co-host Peter Sankoff discuss an Ontario couple breeding lions at their private zoo after moving to a new municipality without exotic animal ownership laws, Manitoba passing an ag gag law, the federal ag gag bill being studied at committee, Animal Justice’s new report questioning biosecurity as a justification for ag gag laws, and a new inspection report at Porgreg pig farm in Quebec revealing filthy conditions.

The Hero of the episode is US officials who have removed the last of the 68 big cats from the private zoo in Oklahoma that had been the centre of the “Tiger King” saga. The Zero is the Toronto Zoo, which recently had two tiger cubs die at its facility. The Zoo bred an aging tiger so her offspring could be condemned to a life in captivity, and this is not OK.

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Faunalytics links:

You can contact Casey Bond at casey@faunalytics.org

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Special thanks:

To our producer, Shannon Nickerson, and podcast editor Micahl Contos.

To Kevin Lacroix for the podcast logo and for the musical sting in our podcast intro.

To DJ Quads for our intro, transition and outro music.

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