International treaties can be a powerful tool to help people, animals and the environment. However, based upon our investigations, experience and that of many others such as Transparency International they are also subject to corruption and influence peddling. Left unchecked, politicians and civil servants may routinely violate the laws of the own country and international laws in making deals behind closed doors. Canada is a signatory to over 126 treaties, including the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and the North American Free Trade Agreement (which includes the NAFTA Environmental Accords). Our ongoing campaigns as a non-governmental organization includes lobbying between plenary session and at Conventions of the Parties, reviewing and analysing tens of thousands of pages of documents and reports about a wide range of issues affecting people, animals and the environment; and working to ensure the public interest to offset the negative impact of international trade negotiations on people, animals and the environment.