This Election, Who Will Stand Up for Animals?

It’s official! The 2015 federal election has been called, and on October 19th Canadians will take to the polls to determine the future of our country.

The election campaigns will be filled with promises and punches, barbs and baby-kissing.

But we want to know which candidates will stand up for animals?

Who, in parliament, will be a voice for the voiceless?  Who will represent the millions of Canadians who care about animals, their welfare, and their protection?

We want to elect more animal-friendly Members of Parliament in this country. And we want to help you, the voter, to determine which candidates in your riding will work for animals if they are elected.

Here’s what we’ve done. Earlier this year, IFAW asked election candidates across the country six questions on important animal welfare and conservation issues. We’re sharing their answers with Canadians so that they can see who is Standing up for Animals.

Using the tool is simple.

Just go to and type in your postal code. Then a list of your local candidates will appear.

·         For those candidates who have already answered our questions, you’ll be able to see their responses and send them a message, either thanking them for their position, encouraging them to change their position, or perhaps simply asking for more details.

·         For those candidates who have not yet responded, you’ll be able to send a short message reminding them that animal welfare and protection is an important issue, and asking them to submit their responses.

We’ve also made it easy for you to volunteer for your preferred candidates’ campaign. Once you’ve sent your message to your local candidates, you will have the option to submit your name as a volunteer.  Volunteering to help an animal-friendly candidate is a great way to get involved and ensure that our future federal government will take animal issues seriously. There’s no need to feel intimidated or shy: campaign offices will welcome you with open arms and enthusiasm, and there are all kinds of ways to get involved. We all need to work together to change the course of politics in Canada.

Candidate responses to our questions are still coming in, but in the next few weeks we will need to put pressure on these candidates and remind them that their position on animal issues is important to us.


Check out, and send your local candidates a message to stand up for animals.

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