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It took more than 80 years of campaigning to banish the obscene ‘sport’ of foxes, deer, hares and other animals being chased and ripped apart for sport. Yet some MPs – including many in the current majority party in Parliament – are thinking about turning back the clock.

The threat of repeal of the Hunting Act 2004 has been with us since hunting was banned 10 years ago. But with the recent elections, those that support hunting may now have a majority of MPs. So repeal of the Act may become a reality very soon unless we manage to show how unpopular this repeal would be.

The Hunting Act 2004 needs strengthening, not repealing. If we lose the ban, many animals will be needlessly chased and killed for the hunt’s enjoyment, returning to the times when animal cruelty was rampant and legal.

Don't let it happen! Say "NO!" to a return to cruelty.

Contact your MP asking him/her to defend the hunting ban by voting against any attempt to repeal or weaken the Hunting Act, and let us have a copy of your MP’s reply.

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.

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.

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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

According to news reports, 34 baby elephants, some as young as two years old, have been taken from their families for export into a life of captivity.

News reports are sketchy, it may be that this capture and export is entirely legal, but the government can still stop it.

Elephants have deep family bonds — this loss will be devastating to the elephants left behind and the captured young have a poor chance of survival.

Urge Zimbabwe's Ministers for Environment and Tourism to stop the export and return these elephants to the wild.

The Zimbabwe government has the power to choose a more humane fate for these helpless 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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