British Columbia man penalized $18,000 after attempting to smuggle protected turtles into Canada

June 3, 2019 – Surrey, British Columbia – Environment and Climate Change Canada

On May 6, 2019, after entering a guilty plea, Mr. Li Wan of Vancouver was ordered to pay an $18,000 penalty for violating the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA). The penalty will be directed towards the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.

On January 27, 2018, Mr. Wan failed to declare 19 live turtles (made up of 16 different species) at the Canada-United States border crossing. Of the 16 species of turtles, six are listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The CITES-listed turtles include: Spotted Pond Turtle, Pearl River Map Turtle, Black-knobbed Map Turtle, Diamondback Terrapin and Fly River Turtle. A permit must be obtained prior to importing CITES-listed turtles into Canada. All turtles were seized from Mr. Wan and forfeited to the Crown.

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