Home-based pet supply owner fined for the illegal import of regulated reptiles

July 20, 2018 – Brampton, Ontario Evironment and Climatic Change Canada

Illegal trafficking of wildlife is not acceptable in Canada. Unlawfully exploiting threatened species for profit will not be tolerated.

On July 20, 2018 - Ben Coughlin, operator of a home-based pet supply business in Ennismore, Ontario, pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to violating the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act. Mr. Coughlin was fined $7,000 which will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.  

On September 14, 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Enforcement Branch was notified by Canada Border Services Agency officials that there was a discrepancy in the paperwork accompanying a shipment of reptiles imported from Africa. Environment and Climate Change Canada’s enforcement officers conducted an inspection and found that the shipment contained forty-two spiny-tailed lizards known as Uromastyx geyri—a regulated species listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which requires a permit to import these species. The defendant was charged and convicted of importing this species into Canada without a valid permit.

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