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The World Trade Organization has upheld the ban on seal products in Europe. This is excellent news, but it does not mean that seals are out of harm’s way.

Citizens of the European Union have made it clear that they will not accept the products of cruel and wasteful seal hunts. And the World Trade Organization has ruled that animal welfare concerns have a role to play in the regulation of international trade.

However, Canada continues to defy international opinion, supporting the commercial seal hunt with bailouts, financial support, and costly international legal challenges.

Please take a moment to write to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea to tell them to stop supporting the commercial seal hunt, and start supporting a transition for sealers out of this cruel and wasteful industry.

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.

The commercial seal hunt was once an important part of the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador. But now that blubber is no longer a commodity, and with no markets for seal pelts, the industry is dying.

But rather than determine a plan to help sealers transition out of this failing industry, governments in Ottawa and St. John's have thrown away over $50 million in tax dollars since 1996 in subsidies and trade junkets. These efforts have failed.

The economic outlook of Newfoundland and Labrador has never been better - so instead of encouraging a risky, dangerous, and dying industry, why not support sealers and their communities with financial investments that make sense in a modern and thriving Newfoundland.

Please send Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea, and Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Keith Hutchings to come up with a real plan to help sealers transition out of this industry and share in Newfoundland's bright future.

A quick note will help protect seals. 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.

Polar bears face many threats -- from climate change to pollution to oil and gas development. The commercial trade of polar bears skins and parts is also contributing to their alarming decline. Please act today and let the Prime Minister of Canada know you would like to see greater protection for polar bears.

We have prepared a template email 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.

Each year millions of tourists travel to exotic locations to encounter wildlife, only to unwittingly bring home souvenirs made from endangered species.

Take the Think Twice pledge: Don't buy wildlife souvenirs.

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IFAW campaigning for the Universal Declaration for Animal Welfare

It is shocking to consider that even now there is no global, intergovernmental recognition of the importance of animal welfare legislation. IFAW believes this must change, which is why we support the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW). The adoption of this formal declaration at the UN General Assembly would establish animal welfare on the global political agenda.

The declaration process was originally launched by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) in 2000. IFAW is part of the UDAW steering committee and is collaborating with other animal organisations in support of the Declaration.

The Declaration is an important way for governments to express their commitment to protecting animal welfare and is a vital springboard to changes in international and national policies and animal legislation. It would help strengthen enforcement of animal welfare measures and promote humane treatment of animals in every corner of the world.

News surfaced recently that 12 containers of meat from endangered fin whales were shipped through the port of Halifax, across Canada, and then through a port in Metro Vancouver. Shipped from Iceland, the meat was bound for Japan.

Under CITES, the international agreement governing the trade in endangered wildlife, fin whales are listed as endangered. As a CITES signatory, Canada has an international obligation to stand against the illegal trade in endangered wildlife.

However, Environment Canada claims that “transshipments” of endangered wildlife between non-complying countries are legal so long as they are sealed and bonded.

This goes against both the spirit and the letter of Canada’s own legislation preventing importing and trade in endangered species. Importation of whale meat into Canada is unlawful - and the legal definition of importation includes products shipped through Canada and bound for another country.

Please speak up and tell Canada to end to the importation and transshipment of endangered wildlife, including whale meat.

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.

Letters will be sent to:
Stephen Harper
Prime Minister

John Baird
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of the Environment

Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transportation