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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 for seals

A shocking new report reveals that the government of Canada is considering spending over $20 million in taxpayer dollars to develop markets for grey seal products, in a desperate attempt to justify the killing of tens of thousands of grey seals. Among other things, the plan proposes grinding up seal carcasses to make hotdog type products, and marketing seal private parts to Asian buyers.

There is no scientific evidence to support a seal cull, and no markets for their products.

We should not be encouraging demand for the sex organs of wild animals, or perpetuating the idea that consuming exotic animal parts has any beneficial impact on virility.

Tell your Member of Parliament that you are outraged by the plan to cull grey seals, and ask them to oppose it unconditionally.

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.

Year after year, tens of thousands of seals are killed during Canada's commercial seal hunt. The animals are skinned, and sometimes their flippers are cut off. Then their bodies are tossed away.

It's an unnecessary, horrifying waste of life.

Seal meat, while eaten in some parts of Canada, is not the focus of the commercial seal hunt on Canada's East Coast. Almost all of the animals - 92 percent in 2013 - are dumped on the ice or tossed back into the ocean once their fur has been removed. Shockingly, this is completely legal.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans claims it supports "full utilization" of the seals killed, but the reality does not support the claim.

We need answers from the Canadian government. Please write to your MP. Ask why the government continues to support this wasteful, cruel and unnecessary hunt with your tax dollars.

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 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 the governor to stop the mass killings.

A quick note to Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika will help protect dogs. 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.

Last year 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. Recently another shipment was exported from Canada to Iceland.

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.

And here’s another way you can help the whales. Print this petition, gather signatures and return them to MP Don Davies, who will submit them.

Letters will be sent to:
Stephen Harper
Prime Minister

Robert Nicholson
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of the Environment

Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transportation

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The Norwegian government is considering ending the subsidies that keep their commercial seal hunt alive. Canada should do the same.

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 urge Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Minister of State Rob Moore, and Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development Darin King 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.

Cats

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.