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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

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Every year, Health Canada permits thousands of wild animals to die a painful, prolonged, and torturous death by poisoning.

The federal government allows these deadly poisons – strychnine, sodium cyanide, and Compound 1080 – to be used in Alberta and Saskatchewan to kill wolves and coyotes. But every year the widespread and poorly regulated use of these indiscriminate poisons result in the deaths of pet dogs, endangered species, and other non-target animals.

There is no question about it: a prolonged and painful death by poison is cruel and inhumane. It is also ineffective as a means of reducing conflicts with wildlife, such as predation on livestock. These poisons also threaten endangered species, our pets, and our children.

Help us to stop the use of these cruel and deadly poisons. You can send a letter to the Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor using the form to the right, and urge her to stop poisoning wildlife, and our pets, in Canada.

A quick note to the Minister of Health could help wild animals. We have prepared a template email for you to send. If you prefer, you can personalize this email to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

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Displaced from their native habitat, koalas in far southwest Victoria have no choice but to move into blue gum plantations, seeking refuge as their surrounding habitat dwindles. But this is no safe haven for koalas.

Ultimately, their homes will be cut down, often with koalas perched asleep in the top branches, camouflaged and hidden from the human eye.

For over four years, we’ve been campaigning for tighter rules that will help to protect koalas from harvesting operations. In January 2017, the Victorian government finally introduced its long-awaited Koala Management regulations.

We now hope that these regulations bring about some improvements, thanks in part because logging companies will now have to produce koala plans and have koala spotters on every logging site.

But while the regulations are well-intentioned, they fall short. Critically, there is one glaring and crucial omission. Nowhere is there any requirement for companies to retain or provide any permanent habitat for these koalas to live in once their trees have been cut down.

Companies must invest some of their huge profits into providing permanent koala habitat and wildlife corridors so that these displaced animals have somewhere to live and somewhere to go.

A quick note to Australia's Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio could help protect koalas. 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 save the seals!

For years the Government of Canada and commercial seal hunting organizations have spread misinformation about the East Coast commercial seal hunt. For example:

Myth: Clubbing seals is illegal in Canada.

Fact: Seals off the east coast are both clubbed and shot. Neither method is humane. Veterinary reports state that many seals hunted off the East Coast suffer a great deal prior to death.

This video separates fact from fiction:

Myth: The East Coast seal hunt only targets adult seals.

Fact: 98% of the seals killed are pups between 3 weeks and 3 months. Seals at that age haven’t yet learned to swim. They’ve just been weaned from their mothers, and are alone and helpless.

Myth: Sealing makes up a large part of a fisherman’s income.

Fact: Between 2010 and 2015, a sealer earned an average of $1,692 from the seal hunt.

Myth: The harp seal population is just too big. Too many seals means the cod stocks can’t recover.

Fact: Cod make up only 1% of harp seals’ diet.

Tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop the seal hunts.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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