The Illegal Pet Trade in Canada and Beyond: A Growing Issue of Wildlife Crime

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 10:30-11:15AM
TRACK: WILDLIFE WELFARE

SPEAKER: Carolyn Rosemary Farquhar, Director, Cheetah Conservation Fund

There’s a disturbing upward trend, in Canada and globally, of individuals purchasing exotic wildlife as pets, often with social media as an enabler. Global wildlife crime is estimated to be worth $20 billion, with the demand for exotic animals, birds and reptiles – many critically endangered – decimating populations in their native countries, giving rise to horrific cruelty in their capture and transport and resulting in living situations that threaten their own safety, as well as that of people living alongside them.

Three Key Learnings:
1. The factors driving the illegal pet trade, and its short-term and longer-term consequences
2. The illegal pet trade in Canada: its magnitude and its impact
3. How can we, as Canadians, address this growing issue of wildlife crime, and what are the solutions?

SPEAKER BIO
Carolyn Farquhar has conducted research on wildlife conservation and environmental law over the past ten years. She works closely with a big cat conservation NGO in Africa, and has studied the illegal pet trade of cheetah, as well as other endangered species. Her knowledge of public policy and international environmental law complements her passion for implementing progressive social justice approaches to ensure the protection of all animals.