"I Found A Way" to Get Involved

If you want to find a way to help animals in distress, whatever the cause, you can do so right here by taking the following actions. Also, don't forget to sign up for IFAW's action alerts to get all the news on the animals and issues you care about most.

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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

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 personalize this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

Take action to protect whales

Whales in the Antarctic Ocean were spared from whalers' harpoons for the first summer in more than a century. But this reprieve could be short-lived. Japan has announced a new plan to restart so-called "scientific whaling" in the Antarctic, targeting 4,000 whales over the next 12 years. This is despite the highest court in the world, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), ruling that Japan's previous whaling program was illegal and member nations of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) calling on countries to refrain from submitting new plans.

Tell President Obama that you want to see the U.S. government doing all it can to ensure a permanent end to so-called "scientific whaling" in the Antarctic. We need our government and other conservation-minded countries to pile the diplomatic pressure on Japan before the whaling boats take aim again.

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Take action to save Bali's dogs

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 personalize 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.

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Every 15 minutes, on average, a poacher kills an elephant for its ivory tusks. Right now, the U.S. is the second biggest market for ivory - much of it likely from recently poached elephants - which means we are helping to pay the bills for these poachers, organized crime networks, militant groups and the others who are profiting from extinction. Fortunately, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recently proposed strong new protections for African elephants, including a ban on the sale of non-antique ivory in the United States.

Some special interest groups are trying to weaken the new rules, which has prompted IFAW to band together with a coalition of scientists, artists, and conservation and animal welfare organizations to ensure that these protections stay as robust as possible. By signing our petition, your voice can help us convince the White House to stand strong for elephants.

You can help protect elephants by joining us in telling President Obama and Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to stand strong for elephants.

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tiger cub

Baby tigers, lions, and other wild animals are frequently used by unscrupulous exhibitors for public handling, typically until they are just a few months old. The animals are then often discarded, with many ending up warehoused at roadside zoos and pseudo-sanctuaries or in the hands of unqualified people with private menageries.

There is no reason why any member of the public should ever have direct contact with wild animals and their cubs.

You now have the opportunity to object to this inhumane and dangerous activity. IFAW has joined other animal welfare organizations in a legal petition that urges the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban all public contact and close encounters with big cats, bears, and primates.

Please take a moment to urge the USDA to create a rule that finally prohibits all public contact with big cats and other species. We will submit all letters to the USDA. It is critical that the U.S. government receives hundreds of thousands of notes urging it to protect big cats, bears, and primates during the public comment period.

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