The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals has the distinction of being one of the oldest animal protection groups in Canada.
Since 1944, The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (also known as APFA or Fur-Bearer Defenders)
has been working to end the commercial fur trade by exposing trapping cruelty and through protecting fur-bearing animals in the wild or in confinement.
We also provide assistance to municipalities seeking to minimize human-wildlife conflicts.
A dedicated volunteer Board of Directors manages our society and our work is entirely supported by donations. Our top goals are to:
- Abolish the commercial fashion fur trade
- Ban the import and sale of domestic dog and cat fur in Canada
- Create opportunities to co-exist with urban wildlife (e.g. beavers and coyotes)
Due to our advocacy work to change legislation, we cannot issue tax receipts. We operate as a non-profit organization (registration number S-4222).
Our major accomplishments:
- European Parliament. In the 1990's, we urged the EU to ban the import of fur coming from countries using leg-hold traps. (Sadly, Canada, USA and Russia would later become exempt from this ban.)
- Municipal bylaws & legislation. As a result of our campaigns, several communities have prohibited or restricted the use of lethal traps.
- Advertising & education. To raise awareness, we use TV, radio, billboards, newspaper, transit and online ads. Each year, we also distribute hundreds of thousands of brochures and newsletters all over the world.
- First group to expose trapping cruelty. Our group was the first to release never before seen film footage of animals suffering on a Canadian trap line.
- Celebrity support. Our roster includes Kim Basinger, Bif Naked, Loretta Swit, Jason Priestley, Kim Cattrall and Georges Laraque.
Note: Our organization works within the law to educate the public about fur and fur trim. We do not destroy property or participate in illegal activities.
Photo: Over 500 of our "What do you see in fur trim?" anti-fur ads were featured throughout the 2012/2013 winter months in Toronto's subways.