TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - Actress Bo Derek is in Toronto to launch WildAid
Canada. WildAid is a leading force in combating the multi-billion dollar
international trade in illegal wildlife products. Ms. Derek has been involved
in this issue for several years serving as a US State Department special
This issue made headlines in March with 3 Ontario men being charged with
34 violations of Ontario law in a smuggling operation that included eastern
massasauga rattlesnakes and spotted turtles.
WildAid Canada has become active in both national and international
efforts to combat wildlife trade. In Canada, WildAid Canada is fighting for
strengthened efforts against poaching and the shark fin trade.
Internationally, WildAid Canada is working in cooperation with projects in
China, Indonesia and the Galapagos Islands.
"Recent news stories have shown that the illegal wildlife trade is a
major problem here in Toronto," said Ms. Derek. "WildAid will be leading the
fight to combat the trade in both native and non-native species."
"WildAid's unique focus concentrates both the need for enforcement and
efforts to lower demand for endangered species," added Pete Knights, WildAid's
Executive Director. "We hope that Canada can become a leading force in the
efforts to eliminate this destructive practice."
Ms. Derek and WildAid Executive Director Peter Knights will be available
For further information:
For further information: For information, video, materials or to
schedule an interview, please contact: Rob Sinclair, WildAid Canada, (416)