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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

Take action to save Ballina's koalas

A critical colony of around 200 koalas near Ballina, New South Wales, Australia is at risk of extinction from a highway upgrade. Our efforts so far have forced the Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt to stall Stage 10 of the Pacific Highway, insisting on further studies before making his decision. These studies are now with the Minister.

We have serious concerns and feel the science may have been manipulated to meet the desired objective. Everyone agrees that these koalas are already in severe decline, with the biggest threat being road kill. A four-lane highway will not protect this population. These koalas need help not a highway!

Send a message to Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt asking him to protect these iconic koalas not sign their death warrant.

We've prepared a template e-mail for you to send, but 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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 End Canada’s commercial seal hunt.

It’s time for Canada’s commercial seal hunt to end.

Every spring, seal pups between 3 weeks and 3 months of age are brutally shot, clubbed and skinned. Their carcasses are left to rot on the ice or dumped into the ocean.

Seals are dying needlessly for an industry that wouldn’t exist but for government subsidies. Most of the world no longer needs or wants seals products. Still the killing continues.

Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has a historic opportunity to end the commercial seal hunt once and for all.

Please take action today to save seals.

Tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic Leblanc to develop a plan to buy out commercial sealing licenses, and end the commercial seal hunt now.

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.

Take action to save Bali's dogs

The Governor of the island of Bali ordered the mass killing of roaming dogs. Thousands of innocent dogs are killed every year, often suffering slow and painful deaths.

The Governor claims free-roaming dogs will lead to the spread of rabies. But human and animal health experts have proven that culling doesn't work to control rabies. In fact, it can result in the spread of the disease. Often, dogs that have already been vaccinated are among the victims of a mass killing.

Tell Balinese officials to stop the mass killings.

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.

Stop Animal Cruelty

Every day, animal cruelty in Canada goes unpunished. Only one quarter of one percent of complaints actually result in convictions.

But with your help, we can change that. Nathaniel Erskine-Smith has introduced a private member’s bill called Bill C-246 - Modernizing Animal Protections Act which proposes a much-needed overhaul of Canada’s animal legislation.

Mr. Erskine-Smith’s bill will make a number of important changes:

  • Make it illegal to train an animal to fight, or to benefit financially from the fighting of animals;
  • Broadening the definition of neglect so that animal cruelty charges can actually stick;
  • Impose a lifetime ban on owning or residing with animals when an individual is convicted of a second offence;
  • Ban the sale of cat and dog fur in Canada.

But as a private member’s bill, this important legislation doesn’t have the government’s support. In order to make sure that this legislation passes, we all need to contact our MPs and tell them to support the bill.

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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.

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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.