Yesterday, in provincial court, Gregory (Greg) Logan, of Woodmans Point, New Brunswick, was convicted of seven counts for offences related to the illegal export of about 250 Narwhal ivory tusks to the United States. These offences were committed over a period of seven years. Mr. Logan was sentenced to pay a penalty of $385,000. This penalty is the largest in Canada for offences under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA).
In addition to the $385,000 penalty, Mr. Logan must serve an eight-month conditional sentence to be served in the community, including four months of house arrest. Mr. Logan is prohibited from possessing or purchasing marine mammal products for a period of 10 years. Mr. Logan is also required to forfeit items used to smuggle the tusks across the Canada-United States border, including a truck and trailer seized during the investigation.
In Canada, only Inuit may harvest Narwhal, which is a source of food and income in northern communities. The harvest and transport of tusks is regulated to ensure that legal trade continues to remain viable and sustainable.
The Narwhal, often referred to as "the unicorn of the sea", is recognized as a species of special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. It is also listed as a protected species under Appendix II of the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES, an international agreement, sets controls on the movement of animal and plant species that are, or may be, threatened due to excessive commercial exploitation. More....