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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

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.

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.



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.