Below is a collection of our most notable achievements from 2011-present:
The Fur-Bearers join the Mammoth Movement (December 2015) A new line of fur-free (and animal-free) jackets and parkas being sold by CFL linebacker James Yurichuk will directly benefit the animals by supporting the campaigns of The Fur-Bearers. As the non-profit partner of Mammoth Outerwear, who is directly competing with the fur-trimmed coats of Canada Goose, our campaigns will receive a boost from every product sold through the Kickstarter campaign of this new business.
Spotlight put on BC fur farmers and retailers (November 2015) Working with the independently-owned Vancouver and National Observer news outlets, The Fur-Bearers were able to put a spotlight on the plight of the thousands of mink kept in tiny cages on BC's notorious fur farms. More coverage was also given when The Fur-Bearers revealed a popular clothing store, based in Vancouver, tried to pass of raccoon dog fur as raccoon fur - misleading consumers across the country.
Living With Wildlife conference (October 2015) The annual Living With Wildlife conference returned to Vancouver for its fifth year, bringing out politicians from the province and municipalities, wildlife rehabilitators, journalists, and nearly 100 other attendees.
Challenging first responders (October 2015) A cell phone video of an OPP officer hitting a coyote (later revealed to be a family dog) multiple times with their squad car and leaving it for dead was brought to The Fur-Bearers attention, and we sprung into action. As a result of our media and social media campaigning, an investigation by the OPP into the conduct of its officer and future training to prevent such tragedies.
Reward offered for trophy hunt info (September 2015) A sickening video of a grizzly bear being shot, and not immediately killed, as part of a trophy hunt similar to the one in BC began hitting social media in early September. The Fur-Bearers put a $2,500 reward on the line for anyone able to identify and help convict those responsible for the horrendous act. International media attention was focused on the trophy hunt as a result.
Public awareness of trapping heightened (August 2015) The tale of a black bear cub who was not only entangled in a snare set for coyotes, but then further injured by a nearby barbed-wire fence, was given national attention when The Fur-Bearers got contacted by Critter Care Wildlife Society. Warnings for pet owners, recreational trail users, and even hunters were well received following the several articles and television spots.
Supporting communities to end conflict (Summer 2015) The Fur-Bearers were able to quickly provide life-saving information to major cities like Edmonton, St. Albert, Milton, and others, when conflict with coyotes was reported in local media outlets. Provincial authorities offered little assistance and often gave politically-correct responses, rather than hands-on assistance. Comments from the public and our membership indicated the importance of this kind of work - and how it helped to save lives.
White Rock joins call to ban traps (April 2015) The Mayor and Council of White Rock, BC, have requested permission to ban the use of body gripping traps within their municipal borders. The victory followed a petition started by The Fur-Bearers when a raccoon was injured twice by leg-hold traps. Extensive media coverage, petitions and letters kickstarted by our members.
The Fur-Bearers testify at House of Commons committee (April 2015) The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals was the only animal advocacy group to testify in a series of hearings at a House of Commons committee on the licensing and regulating of hunting and trapping in Canada. Surrounded by trapping associations and fur supporters, the voices of all members and supporters were heard loud and clear by a committee that tried to shut down our participation.
Hamilton beavers safe from traps (April 2015) Hamilton’s beavers can breathe a little easier now that trapping will be considered a last resort rather than an ongoing practice at local conservation areas.The Fur-Bearers (and our wonderful supporters) spoke with the media, the Conservation Authority, and local politicians about non-lethal solutions following that news; it would appear the decision makers liked what they heard.
Victory in Newfoundland (January 2015) Viking Fur Inc., a factory fur farm operation, was seeking to expand its operations. A petition started by local residents received a critical boost - along with hundreds of letters to the government - when The Fur-Bearers put a spotlight on the subject. Viking Fur Inc. withdrew their application a few weeks later.
Bella's Merry Christmas (December 2014) Only a few minutes caught in the jaws of a leg-hold trap left Bella, a beloved family pet from Newfoundland, in dire straits. She broke 17 of her teeth in her attempt to get free and required costly veterinary service - and an expensive trip to Montreal to receive treatment. Our wonderful supporters raised over $1,000 to help Bella's family cover costs and ensure she was home for Christmas.
Mounties given choice to go fur-free (December 2014) After a ridiculous attempt at political interference by the Harper conservatives, RCMP officers will be given a choice to go fur-free. Our long-standing campaign to get the RCMP to find a humane alternative to their traditional muskrat fur hats was met with success - then a reversal - and then success, again. Current policy will allow new officers to choose a knit toque over a cruelly-obtained muskrat fur hat.
#MakeFurHistory campaign launched (November 2014) In conjunction with LUSH Cosmetics and the Montreal SPCA, we launched our largest ever anti-fur campaign: #MakeFurHistory. Utilizing footage from inside Canadian fur farms, social media, and our thousands of supporters, we made it clearly known that Canadians are done with fur.
Victory in Windsor (July 2014) After a year of debating and raising awareness, the killing of skunks in Windsor, ON, came to an end at a council meeting. The program was a failure - of 48 skunks caught and killed, 102 other animals were caught and the evidence showed no impact was occurring. Education will be the key to the future in Windsor.
We're Beaver Believers (June 2014) We've signed up as a corporate sponsor for an exciting new documentary, Beaver Believers! The film illustrates the lives of beavers, their importance in eco-systems, how many are learning to co-exist and the drastic impact beavers may have on climate change.
Northern Ontario Beaver Tour (May 2014) We drove over 3,000 km in four days to provide information and hands on examples of flow devices to multiple communities in Northern Ontario. An exclusion fence and pond leveller were installed in one location and numerous meetings with municipalities have led to multiple requests for assistance in implementing co-existence methods.
The Defenders eBook released (May 2014) After more than a full year of research into the history of The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, our eBook - The Defenders - was released on Kobo and Kindle stores. The eBook provides a fascinating look into the past of Canada's fur trade - and our own history dating back to the 1930s.
Defending beavers in Hamilton, ON (April 2014) When news broke about trapping in a Conservation Area in Hamilton, Ontario, APFA sprung into action - multiple news hits, conversations with municipal officials and an offer of help did the trick; all trapping has been suspended in the area until a full wildlife management plan can be developed.
Growing co-existence in Cornwall, ON (January 2014) The eastern Ontario town of Cornwall was worried about an uptick in coyote presence that led to a conflict. We hit the ground running in January, 2014, teamed up with Coyote Watch Canada and did a field investigation, tracking, met with multiple land owners and offered a full presentation on co-existence.
Deer co-existence guide released in Oak Bay, BC (January 2014) We teamed up with Friends of Animals and the BC SPCA to create and distribute a pamphlet on co-existing with deer to residence of Oak Bay, where a cull was planned to deal with 'nuisance' animals.
Trapping restrictions in Nanaimo, BC (November 2013) After a group of hikers discovered dangerous Conibear traps set near a trail, APFA worked with Nanaimo City Council to pass a bylaw to prohibit the use of leg-hold, Conibear and snare traps. The Conibear traps are now being replaced with non-lethal alternatives.
Trapping restrictions in Sechelt, BC (October 2013) After a dog was caught in a trap, APFA applied pressure to Sechelt Council and supplied resources to concerned residents. It took time, but Sechelt has approved a plan to severely limit the use of traps in their community.
City of Toronto coyote coexistence plan (October 2013) With the assistance of the Beach Coyote Coalition (facilitated by APFA with the assistance of Coyote Watch Canada), the City of Toronto developed a comprehensive plan to protect coyotes in the city, disallowing lethal force by police and managers.
Hosted our 3rd annual Living with Wildlife Conference. (September 2013) This event was held in Vancouver and featured over 60 participants and 8 different speakers. Many participants were from various levels of government and animal control agencies.
Installed flow devices to replace cruel trapping (Summer 2013) Working with several municipalities in the Lower Mainland of BC, we were able to save several families of beavers. We built flow devices and exclusion fencing to protect beavers from lethal trapping.
No cull for Cornwall coyotes (Jan 2013)
The Ontario city of Cornwall won't be killing urban coyotes anytime soon. Due to intense lobbying by APFA 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. We also 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".
Hosted our 2nd annual Living with Wildlife Conference. (September 2012) This event was held in Toronto and 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. (Summer 2012) To help prevent the trapping and killing of beavers, APFA 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. (Summer 2012) After 25 years of trapping and killing beavers, the city of Cornwall decided to embrace a non-lethal alternative. APFA 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. (April 2012) 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.
Installed two pond levellers and exclusion fencing to help save a colony of beavers living on the Sunshine Coast, BC. (Spring 2012) This project also involved volunteer support from LUSH handmade cosmetics, one of our largest corporate partners.
Launched 1st annual Living with Wildlife Conference (September 2011) This event was held in Toronto and featured over 70 participants and 8 different speakers. As a result, we formed strong partnerships with Animal Alliance of Canada, Coyote Watch Canada, Gates AAA Wildlife Control and the Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre.
Dangerous traps prohibited within the town of Gibsons, BC. (August 2011) 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. (2011) 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.