Below is a collection of our recent achievements
(2010-present):No cull for Cornwall coyotes
The Ontario city of Cornwall won't be killing urban coyotes anytime soon. Due to intense lobbying by our Association and Coyote Watch Canada, the MNR has denied the City of Cornwall a permit to kill coyotes in favour of adopting non-lethal options instead.
Launched Canada's largest anti-fur campaign
Winter 2012/2013 our Fur Trim is a Trap
campaign exposed the cruelty behind fur trim. Over 500 anti-fur ads hit the subways in Toronto, and a series of online anti-fur ads targeted major cities across Canada. In addition, our most comprehensive anti-fur website was launched, furtrimisatrap.com
and we partnered with LUSH to hand out literature, postcards and even took over their front window for a 24-hour anti-fur display - complete with a human in a "leg hold trap".
Opened a Toronto office!
In September 2012, we brought on 2 new staff members who will coordinate anti-fur campaigns throughout Eastern Canada.
Hosted our 2nd annual Living with Wildlife Conference.
This event was held on September 29, 2012 in Toronto. It featured over 130 participants and 12 different speakers. Many participants were from various levels of government and animal control agencies. The theme was how to address human-wildlife conflicts with a non-lethal approach. It was a huge success.
Installed 4 flow devices and exclusion fencing in Mission, BC.
To help prevent the trapping and killing of beavers, our Association worked with the municipality of Mission to install various flow devices to prevent any flooding or damage that could result from beaver activity.
Installed 4 flow devices and exclusion fencing in Cornwall and Napanee, Ontario.
After 25 years of trapping and killing beavers, the city of Cornwall decided to embrace a non-lethal alternative. Our organization, The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, along with Mike Callahan from U.S. based Beaver Solutions and local residents worked together to install the devices. These flow devices manage water levels without harming the beavers.
Surrey, BC to ban lethal wildlife traps.
Presented to Surrey, BC City Council about why they should prohibit bodygripping traps (leg-hold, Conibear and snare trap). Mayor Diana Watts announced in that the City is now drafting a bylaw to ban lethal traps in February 2013.
Installed two pond levellers and exclusion fencing to help save a colony of beavers living on the Sunshine Coast, BC.
This project also involved volunteer support from LUSH handmade cosmetics, one of our largest corporate partners.
Provided strategic options to communities looking for non-lethal ways of managing urban wildlife.
This included several municipalities throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario who were struggling to cope with animals such as beavers and coyotes.
Dangerous traps prohibited within the town of Gibsons, BC.
Thanks to the support of our members on August 2, 2011 Gibson's town council approved bylaw #1147, the toughest anti-trapping bylaw in Canada. The bylaw outlaws all body-gripping traps including the Conibear, snare and leg-hold trap.
Urged the development of Bill C-296 regarding the import and sale of dog and cat fur in Canada.
This bill was written with support from Member of Parliament Libby Davies (NDP Vancouver-East). If passed, bill C-296 would ban the import and sale of dog and cat fur in Canada, and would also make it mandatory to label all real fur products.
Over 900 UVic rabbits spayed and neutered.
The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals contributed $50,000 to spay and neuter over 900 abandoned and feral rabbits at the University of Victoria. Without our help, the rabbits would have been trapped and euthanized.
Canada Goose Inc. exposed.
We launched a national postcard campaign to draw attention to the coyote fur trim being used by Canada Goose Inc., an outdoor clothing company manufacturer. Over 40,000 postcards were distributed across Canada. People were encouraged to sign the postcard in protest of coyotes being trapped for their fur and mail it to Canada Goose Inc.
In 2010, Canadian Juno Award-winning, multi-platinum selling rock star, Bif Naked, joined our growing list of celebrity supporters. Our other celebrities include, Academy Award Winner Kim Basinger, Loretta Swit, Jason Preistley, Kim Cattrall, David Suzuki and Bruno Gerussi.
City of Oshawa, Ontario ends beaver trapping.
After much public outcry, including pressure from our Association, City Council of Oshawa, Ontario votes to permanently end lethal trapping at Goodman Creek.
Beavers saved from lethal Conibear traps.
The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animal's staffer Adrian Nelson installed a pond-leveller in the Township of Langley to help mitigate flooding from a beaver dam. He also recently installed exclusion fencing at a beaver site on Bowen Island, BC. As a result several families of beavers were spared from cruel and lethal traps.
Habitat and residential property protected in Burnaby, BC.
Our Association worked with residents to wrap trees to discourage beavers from causing potential flooding and property damage. These measures ensured beavers could co-exist with their human neighbours.