The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) congratulates Garry Breitkreuz, MP (Yorkton-Melville, Sask.), on the introduction of Bill C-655, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (interference with hunting, trapping, fishing or sport shooting).
“The importance in the successful passing of Bill C-655 to Canada’s hunting, angling, trapping and shooting sport enthusiasts cannot be overstated” states David Pezderic, President of the SWF. “These amendments will ensure that Canadians enjoying these heritage activities will be protected from harassment and interference from individuals or organizations that oppose these lawful activities as is recognized in Saskatchewan’s Bill 117 that ensures the right to hunt, fish and trap in our Province.”
In Saskatchewan, hunting, angling and trapping generate over $500 million in economic activity annually and are enjoyed by approximately 30% of our provinces residents. Nationally, these activities generate over $14 billion per year. Hunters and anglers are the backbone conservationists and advocates of the fish and wildlife resources and habitat protection and enhancement in Canada.
The criminal code amendments will provide for fines up to $25,000 and prison terms up to one year for convicted individuals.
The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) proudly represents over 33,000 members from 121 branches across Saskatchewan and is considered to be, per capita, the largest wildlife conservation organization of its kind in the world.
For Further Information please contact:
President David Pezderic at 306-227-6847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Director Darrell Crabbe at 306-692-8812 (Office) or 306-630-8780 (Cell) email@example.com