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If you want to find a way to help animals in distress, whatever the cause, you can do so right here by taking the following actions. Also, don't forget to sign up for IFAW's action alerts to get all the news on the animals and issues you care about most.

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Our Animal Action Education programme helps children learn and care about animals

Our Animal Action Education programme helps children learn and care about animals

Protect our marine sanctuaries

The Turnbull Government has released its draft plans for our suspended National Network of Marine Sanctuaries.

Unbelievably, they have completely ignored their own science recommendations, the voice of the Australian public and the pleas of local communities.

Devastating cutbacks are proposed for our best-loved marine treasures right around the country, opening the door to destructive commercial fishing and to oil and gas giants at Lord Howe, Geographe Bay, Perth Canyon, the Great Australian Bight, the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Kimberley, and our Coral Sea – the cradle to the Great Barrier Reef.

A quick note to the Director of National Parks and other officials could help protect our marine sanctuaries. We have prepared a template email for you to send. If you prefer, you can personalize this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

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Displaced from their native habitat, koalas in far south-west Victoria have no choice but to move into blue gum plantations, seeking refuge as their surrounding habitat dwindles. But this is no safe haven for koalas.

Ultimately, their homes will be cut down, often with koalas perched asleep in the top branches, camouflaged and hidden from the human eye.

For over four years, we’ve been campaigning for tighter rules that will help to protect koalas from harvesting operations. In January 2017, the Victorian Government finally introduced its long-awaited Koala Management regulations.

We now hope that these regulations bring about some improvements, thanks in part because logging companies will now have to produce koala plans and have koala spotters on every logging site.

But while the regulations are well-intentioned, they fall short. Critically, there is one glaring and crucial omission. Nowhere is there any requirement for companies to retain or provide any permanent habitat for these koalas to live in once their trees have been cut down.

Companies must invest some of their huge profits into providing permanent koala habitat and wildlife corridors so that these displaced animals have somewhere to live and somewhere to go.

A quick note to Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio could help protect koalas. We have prepared a template email for you to send. If you prefer, you can personalise this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

Help close Australia’s domestic ivory market

At the beginning of the year, China said it would shut down its commercial ivory market by the end of 2017. The Government pledged to start closing factories back in March. This follows moves by France and the USA to ban domestic sales of ivory (California, New Jersey, New York and Hawaii currently have legislation in place) and signals from the UK that they are also looking to move in this direction. Whilst not a major market for ivory, IFAW’s Under the Hammer report into the trade of elephant ivory and rhino horn showed that there is a flourishing domestic market here worth hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, and little regulation or enforcement of the sale of these items occurring.

We need your help to encourage the Australian Government to take a stand and support the efforts of the international community to shut down all avenues that allow trade to continue.

If the world’s largest market for ivory can be closed Australia has no reason not to do the same!

We've prepared a template e-mail for you to send to your local Federal Member of Parliament, but we encourage you to personalise this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

Help save the seals!

For years the Government of Canada and commercial seal hunting organisations have spread misinformation about the East Coast commercial seal hunt. For example:

Myth: Clubbing seals is illegal in Canada.

Fact: Seals off the east coast are both clubbed and shot. Neither method is humane. Veterinary reports state that many seals hunted off the East Coast suffer a great deal prior to death.

This video separates fact from fiction:

Myth: The East Coast seal hunt only targets adult seals.

Fact: 98% of the seals killed are pups between 3 weeks and 3 months. Seals at that age haven’t yet learned to swim. They’ve just been weaned from their mothers, and are alone and helpless.

Myth: Sealing makes up a large part of a fisherman’s income.

Fact: Between 2010 and 2015, a sealer earned an average of $1,692 from the seal hunt.

Myth: The harp seal population is just too big. Too many seals means the cod stocks can’t recover.

Fact: Cod make up only 1% of harp seals’ diet.

Tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop the seal hunts.

A quick note from you today can help save seals. We have prepared a template email for you to send as is, or with your own respectful comments.

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Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg signed the death warrant on the Ballina 200 on the very day he was sworn into office.

Please email Minister Frydenberg to let him know that, despite the road being built, Ballina's koalas still have friends who will be watching out for them as the bulldozers rumble in.

We've prepared a template e-mail for you to send. We encourage you to personalise this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

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Tourism can bring enormous benefit to local communities, people and animals.  It can also do great harm to wildlife and the environment.  So if you’re one of the growing number of Aussies travelling overseas for holidays each year, it’s important to consider your personal actions and decisions.  

As part of our effort to protect animals from cruelty and commercial exploitation through tourism, IFAW has created the Responsible Traveller Pledge.  We invite you to sign it now, to read more on how to be a wildlife aware traveller, and to help promote this cause by sharing this pledge with your friends through your social media.

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