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When the UK Government recently tried to wreck the Hunting Act for England and Wales, we heard a lot about how this would bring the law in line with the ban across the border in Scotland.

That’s no reassurance for animals, as IFAW believes wild mammals in Scotland are not sufficiently protected from cruelty, and the Protection for Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 could be substantially improved.

Did you know that, despite numerous allegations of illegal hunting, there has never been a successful prosecution of a mounted hunt member under the hunting laws in Scotland?

That’s why we’d really like the protection in Scotland beefed up so it is stronger than the existing laws in England and Wales.

As an added bonus, this would also scupper the UK Government’s claim that by amending the laws south of the border they are simply trying to bring their provisions in line with those in Scotland.

As a bare minimum we would want to see the laws in Scotland matching the current Hunting Act in England and Wales, with provisions that would make enforcement easier (such as the number of dogs allowed to be used in some exemptions.) But as you may know, those illegal hunters prosecuted south of the border for hunting offences can often get away unpunished by claiming false alibis, such as ‘trail hunting’, which is something that also needs addressing.

We’d like you to help by contacting the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food & Environment in the Scottish Parliament and urge him to tighten up the laws in Scotland, which could have an important impact for our wild mammals on both sides of the border.

If you live in Scotland, click here to contact your MSP.

IFAW is writing to the British Ambassador to the People's Republic of China to implore her to work directly with the Chinese Government to intervene and ban the cruel annual mass slaughter and consumption of dogs in Yulin, due to take place for the Summer Solstice on 21 June 2015.

We need your help to lend your supporting voice to an increasing number of enlightened animal loving citizens in China who are opposing this mass slaughter of dogs and calling for a ban.

We want as many supporters as possible to add their names to this letter to demonstrate the strength of feeling in the UK about this horrific event, which is not a cultural tradition but a modern invention for economic and tourism purposes.

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.

Take action for seals

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. 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.

Ask Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea to end the commercial seal hunt.

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.

Take action now

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.

Take action to protect whales

In March last year the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Japan's programme of so-called 'scientific whaling' in the Antarctic was not for purposes of scientific research and should end. This landmark judgment meant that whales in the Southern Ocean were given protection from slaughter for the first time in more than a century. The ruling was strongly backed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) when it met in Slovenia in September 2014. However, Japan plans to embark on a new programme of 'scientific whaling' in the Antarctic later this year.

Urge the UK Government to ask Japan to comply with the ICJ ruling and permanently end 'scientific whaling' (commercial whaling by another name) in the Antarctic.

Japan's planned new 'scientific whaling' programme is once again sham science. There is nothing new or different in the proposal. Whaling for commercial purposes damages Japan's international reputation and should be abandoned. At a minimum Japan should postpone its new plans until they can be reviewed by the next full meeting of the IWC in September 2016.

A note to The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, asking him to raise the issue with his Japanese counterpart, will help protect whales. 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.

baby elephant

Twenty-four baby elephants, some as young as two years old, were taken from their families for export into a life of captivity earlier this year.

Elephants have deep family bonds — this loss is devastating to the elephants left behind. And the captured young — stolen from their natural habitat and all they know — have a poor chance of survival.

Sadly, this practice is legal and it seems that the Zimbabwe government has every intention of continuing with the capture and export of even more young elephants.

Urge Zimbabwe's Ministers for Environment and Tourism to stop its policy of exporting baby elephants.

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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