A Legal Victory for Endangered Animals in Ontario!

Last fall, you may remember that Animal Justice filed a lawsuit to protect the mountain lion, northern bobwhite, and dozens of other threatened and endangered species in the province of Ontario. Represented by lawyers from Ecojustice, we were concerned that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry was failing to meet its legal obligations to issue recovery strategies for animals at risk of imminent extinction.

Today, we’re happy to announce that Animal Justice and the Ministry have reached a settlement in the case. The Ministry will now begin providing public updates on its progress to develop recovery strategies for 37 at-risk species—including the mountain lion, northern bobwhite bird, black redhorse fish, gypsy cuckoo bumble bee, and other mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and plants.

This is a huge win for species at risk in the province. Recovery strategies provide scientific advice on how to ensure that healthy numbers of each species return to …

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Ontario Government Sued Over Inaction on Species Protection

Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources has unlawfully delayed recovery strategies for 37 endangered or threatened Ontario species, says animal rights group

TORONTO — National animal law organization Animal Justice, represented by Ecojustice lawyers, is taking legal action to force Ontario Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Kathryn McGarry to issue recovery strategies for 37 species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The mountain lion and Northern Bobwhite, both listed as “endangered” since the ESA became law in 2008, are among the 37 species left in the lurch due to the Minister’s inaction, the group says.

“The Minister’s unlawful delays have left dozens of vulnerable species without the protection they are supposed to have under the law,” said Nick Wright, Animal Justice’s founder and board chair. “More than 10 years have passed since the mountain lion and Northern Bobwhite were listed as endangered. And let’s be clear, endangere…

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