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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

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.

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The commercial seal hunt is an inhumane practice, killing tens of thousands of innocent marine mammals every year. It’s also incredibly wasteful, with 80% of the biomass of slaughtered seals being left on the ice.

The hunt has been slowly dying for decades, but is being kept on life support by millions of dollars in financial support from governments in Ottawa and St. John’s.

Countless tax dollars have been spent developing crazy new products, like blubber-based diesel fuel, and providing free seal meat to animal feed producers. But there’s just no market for seal products, either here at home or internationally, and eventually all of these efforts have failed.

Most recently, the federal government has spent millions fighting a legal battle against a European Union ban on the import of seal products. And after they lost the fight at the World Trade Organization last November, they decided to appeal, throwing even more money away trying to force Europeans to take a product they don’t want.

What’s more, government subsidies are now filling the coffers of a privately-owned Norwegian company, Carino Ltd, the only major seal processor left in Newfoundland. You have to ask the question: when seal hunting remains a risky and dangerous activity, and the cost to taxpayers is greater than its landed value, why are Canadians and Newfoundlanders subsidizing the profits of a foreign company?

The commercial seal hunt is an important part of Newfoundland’s history, but it’s time to leave it in the past and help those few Newfoundlanders who still participate in it to transition out. Please send a message to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea telling them to stop supporting the commercial seal hunt. It’s time.

We commend the efforts that have gone into providing safe shelter for dogs from the streets of Sochi. The tireless work and commitment to building and maintaining shelters have saved numerous dogs from inhumane treatment.

Sheltering is a positive first step, but a longer-term plan is needed to ensure the future welfare of these dogs. IFAW’s extensive experience in dog and cat population management has shown that comprehensive plans tailored to specific communities are the most effective way to promote animal welfare. By developing and implementing long term solutions, Sochi will create a humane community for animals and people.

Take action now by urging your Russian ambassador to change the fate of Sochi’s street dogs by accepting IFAW’s offer to help develop humane, positive solutions. IFAW has expertise in emergency sheltering, best practice, and long-term solutions which is essential in changing the fate of Sochi’s street dogs. Sochi does not have to struggle with this challenge alone - IFAW is ready and willing to help.

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.