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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Canadian Federal government not moving fast enough to implement Canada's Species at Risk Act.













American Badger:photographed by Glenn and Rebecca Grambo Source of photo:http://www.wildernesscommittee.org/campaigns/wildlands/okanagan/reports/Vol25No04

Gray Rattlesnake:photographed by AdamZx3 Source of photo:http://www.flickr.com/photos/adambrod/1794240886/

Source of Photo:http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1081/593295514_edcfa873fb.jpg?v=0

The photos above represent 3 species of life in Canada which are endangered.
"A new report card from a coalition of conservation groups says the federal government is moving at a snail's pace when it comes to implementing Canada's Species at Risk Act.
The report card was produced by Ecojustice, the David Suzuki Foundation, Nature Canada and Environmental Defence, and the evaluation accuses the federal government of ducking its own laws and ignoring scientific evidence to avoid protecting habitat essential for species' survival."

"What the report card has found is that the most important piece of legislation we have to protect species at risk in Canada has potential to work but is not working yet because it's being poorly implemented," said Susan Pinkus, a conservation biologist with Ecojustice.
The coalition's report, released Thursday, says of the 449 species listed under the act, next to none are receiving adequate protection. Pinkus said resident killer whales are the only species to have been granted habitat protection outside of existing parks. She said it's a move that came about only when environmental groups filed litigation.
"We can't file lawsuits for every species," she said.
"It seems ridiculous that the environmental community is in the position of forcing the government to obey laws that the government itself made."

Canada's Species at Risk Act was enacted in December 2002 to provide legal protection for wildlife in danger of becoming extirpated or extinct. The report card, which gives the federal government a final grade of F, coincides with the act's mandatory five-year review.

"At least 53 species at risk are likely continuing to decline while government takes between 17 and 29 months to determine whether or not to add them to the list, and for some species the delays are indefinite," the report reads."
Here is the link to the official list of wildlife species at risk in Canada. It classifies those species as being either extirpated, endangered, threatened, or a special concern.At this same link you can learn which Mammals, Birds,Reptiles,Amphibians, Fishes, Arthropods, Molluscs,Vascular Plants, Mosses and Lichens are on Canada's Endangered Species list ,which of these are on Canada's Threatened Species list, and which are Special Concern Species. Definitions of "Endangered Species","Threatened Species", and Special Concerns Species can also be found at this website:


All I can say about what I have read concerning Canada's Species at Risk Act and the Canadian Federal Government's desire to implement and enforce this act is:

"Come on Federal Government, follow the laws you have created so that these endangered species in Canada still have a chance to survive!!!!!!

Sources: http://www.ecojustice.ca/media-centre/press-releases/species-at-risk-act-only-working-for-the-banff-springs-snail

http://www.thecanadianpress.com/


To learn more about Canada's Species at Risk act visit this website: http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/approach/strategy/default_e.cfm

To download a PDF version of the Species at Risk act go to: http://www.ecojustice.ca/publications/reports/canadas-species-at-risk-act-implementation-at-a-snails-pace/attachment

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