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

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

Stop Animal Cruelty

On October 5th, the Liberal Government under Justin Trudeau voted down Bill C-246, the Modernizing Animal Protections Act – a bill that sought to make it easier to convict people who commit acts of cruelty to animals. This despite 92% of Canadians wanting to see our animal cruelty laws updated.

But that won’t stop concerned Canadians from holding this government to account.

Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice claims to be committed to revising the animal cruelty provisions in the Criminal Code of Canada – which date back to 1892. We need to keep up the pressure so that she knows Canadians care about stopping cruelty to animals.

Please take a moment to email Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister Wilson-Raybould, and your own MP to tell them that you are disappointed with their decision to vote down Bill C-246, and that you will be watching to ensure they keep their promises.

We should note that 84 MPs voted in favour of Bill C-246. To see if your MP is on the list, please click here.

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.

Help protect wild elephants

CITES is meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, this week to discuss many wildlife issues, including elephant protections.

Watch the brief video below to learn more about CITES, and then take action to protect elephants.

At this meeting, we have a chance to ease the suffering of elephants captured from the wild, transported and sold into lives of captivity. Yes, despite safeguards and regulations, it is still possible for countries to capture wild elephants and offer them for sale on the international market - with terrible impacts on individual elephants and the families from which they are taken.

The proposal we're supporting would allow for elephants to be moved when they're injured or in danger, and it would make sure that elephant transport is humane and that their destination is secure and ecologically appropriate compared to the elephants' home range.

Please ask your national CITES Management Authority to support the proposal and ease the suffering of live elephants in trade.

Thank you for taking action for elephants.

 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.

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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.

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.


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.

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:
Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister

Stéphane Dion
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Catherine McKenna
Minister of the Environment

Marc Garneau
Minister of Transportation