June 14, 2004

Final provisions of SARA now in force

OTTAWA, ONT-The final provisions of the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) come into effect as of June 1, 2004. Most of the act's provisions came into force in June 2003. The final provisions forbid the killing, harming, harassing, capturing, taking, possessing, collecting and selling of species listed as extirpated, endangered or threatened under the act, including their parts and derivatives. SARA also makes it illegal to destroy or damage the residence or critical habitat of these species. Exemptions from these prohibitions are allowed only under very strict conditions. The purposes of SARA are to prevent wildlife species from becoming extinct in Canada, to provide for the recovery of wildlife species that are extirpated, endangered or threatened as a result of human activity, and to manage species of special concern to prevent them from becoming endangered or threatened. More information is available from Trevor Swerdfager, Director General of Environment Canada's Canadian Wildlife Service, 819/997-1301.
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