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Elephants are in crisis.

The continued legal trade in ivory threatens the very existence of elephants in the wild. At least 20,000 elephants die for their tusks every year.

The more humans learn about elephants, the more we realise how intelligent, emotive, and social this remarkable species is—and how worthy of protection they are.

Ivory remains on sale in many EU countries in markets, auctions, antique shops and online.

EU is the biggest exporter of ivory to China and Hong Kong, with exports of worked ivory experiencing an alarming increase in the last two years.

The EU commission just released guidelines recommending that EU Member States suspend the (re)export of raw ivory items. IFAW welcomes the efforts but actions have to be taken urgently.

All EU citizens need to show the European Environment Commissioner that they care about elephants. Stand with us and add your voice to the call for a European ivory ban.

We've prepared a template e-mail for you to send. We encourage you to personalise this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

We will then submit all of our European supporters' letters to Karmenu Vella, the European Commissioner for Environment and Siim Kiisler, Minister of Environment for the Republic of Estonia (which currently holds the Semester of Presidency of the EU), so make your voice heard today!

Help save the seals!

For years the Government of Canada and commercial seal hunting organisations have spread misinformation about the East Coast commercial seal hunt. For example:

Myth: Clubbing seals is illegal in Canada.

Fact: Seals off the east coast are both clubbed and shot. Neither method is humane. Veterinary reports state that many seals hunted off the East Coast suffer a great deal prior to death.

This video separates fact from fiction:

Myth: The East Coast seal hunt only targets adult seals.

Fact: 98% of the seals killed are pups between 3 weeks and 3 months. Seals at that age haven’t yet learned to swim. They’ve just been weaned from their mothers, and are alone and helpless.

Myth: Sealing makes up a large part of a fisherman’s income.

Fact: Between 2010 and 2015, a sealer earned an average of $1,692 from the seal hunt.

Myth: The harp seal population is just too big. Too many seals means the cod stocks can’t recover.

Fact: Cod make up only 1% of harp seals’ diet.

Tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop the seal hunts.

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.