RICHMOND, B.C., Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - J&A Health Food International
Ltd. pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Richmond Provincial court on
September 11th on three counts for offences under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and
Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA).
The company received penalties of $45,000 for importing without a permit
wild American ginseng roots and orchid species (Dendrobium spp) used in traditional Asian medicines. Both species are listed under the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora (CITES). Sentencing included forfeiture of approximately 19 kg of
ginseng (wild and cultivated) and approximately 5 kg of orchids.
The $45,000 penalties are broken down into a fine of $2,500 for each of
the three counts under WAPPRIITA subsection 6(2), $7,500 to be directed
to the Environmental Damages Fund, and $30,000 awarded directly to
TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network which works to ensure that
trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of
On January 28, 2010, Environment Canada wildlife officers discovered
several bags of wild American ginseng roots hidden amongst a shipment
of permitted ginseng roots. Further inspection revealed several bags of
orchids. Both species were of high value, and neither was declared to
the Canada Border Services Agency.
The CITES is an international agreement to regulate trade in specific
species of wild animals and plants, as well as their respective parts
and derivatives. WAPPRIITA is the legislation used to implement CITES
The Environmental Damages Fund is administered by Environment Canada,
and was created in 1995 to provide a mechanism for directing funds
received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to
priority projects that will benefit our natural environment.
To learn more about CITES and the Environmental Damages Fund, visit http://www.cites.ec.gc.ca and http://www.ec.gc.ca/edf-fde/.
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SOURCE: Environment Canada
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