By Suzanne Fournier
The B.C. government has launched an investigation following an undercover probe by The Province that showed a Richmond-based company seeking to buy “captive” tiger fur and bones along with fur from “Canada’s endangered species” for its clients in China.
After initially denying its involvement in the animal trade, officials of the Canada to Asia Business Network, when confronted with emails and video evidence obtained by The Province, said they would seek legal counsel on the legality of the animal-trade business.
“We would not do anything illegal. I said we wanted to deal with legal company,” said project manager Debbie Wang, saying the CABN didn’t know it was illegal to export tiger parts or offer to buy the fur of Canadian endangered animals.
“I have no idea whether it’s against the law or not,” said Wang.
Vancouver-based business journalist Marc Davis provided to The Province details of a six-week undercover probe he conducted by email with CABN, in which he found the company tried to buy tiger fur and parts and endangered Canadian animals.
In February, a mining analyst who knew of Davis’s interest in animal welfare gave him a CABN ad asking for a “supplier of fur products.”
Davis emailed CABN asking if they wanted endangered species or tiger fur. More....