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Compassion can be contagious if you THINK about it

We sit and look at some of the most horrifying images and videos of cruelty in our country. We read reports on dogs caught in traps, on wildlife being persecuted and studies on the ill-impact humans are having on ecosystems. We hear stories of pain, despair and frustration. And we ...
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$7M spent on pre-election messaging, but still no increases for wildlife

A whopping $7,026,822 was spent by the Harper government on advertising that promotes an anti-marijuana agenda, but there is still ‘no money’ for increases for boots-on-the-ground conservation officers, wildlife programs, or even fulfilling our international obligations to wildlife conservation. Justin Trudeau, the Canada Goose-wearing leader of the Liberal Party, has ...
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Winners of Aviva Community Fund show Canadians are compassionate

The good news: 40 organizations and community groups across Canada have received funding as part of the Aviva Community Fund. The great news: 45 per cent of them are animal or environmental in nature. The Aviva Community Fund , an online game-show-esque contest funded by Aviva Insurance, has raised millions ...
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Victory in Newfoundland: Viking Fur withdrawals application

With the world watching – and animal advocates gearing up for a fight – Viking Fur Inc. has withdrawn their application to expand their Newfoundland and Labrador fur farm. Local residents initially opposed the farm due to environmental concerns. The area is filled with vacation homes that bring in tourists ...
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New trap release videos for dog owners

Numerous dogs have been injured, maimed and even killed by common traps across Canada this trapping season. And we’ve had enough. In addition to our work petitioning governments to update laws, as well as calling on the media to report on this crisis, we’ve created two new trap release videos ...
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Metro Vancouver: Canada Goose isn’t news

We know that coyote fur trim means cruelty. We’ve seen the harrowing damage leg-hold and body-gripping traps can cause. We understand the suffering that’s behind every Canada Goose parka. Now we need Metro Vancouver to know that, too. In a front-page-teased article, reporter Melissa Dunne (whose past articles have been ...
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Naturalist’s program ideal for those looking to move on from trapping

A fascinating outdoors program being run by a naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park could be the framework for trappers looking to put their skills to more ethical use. The Huntsville Forester reported on the program being organized by Nature Trails’ Robin Tapley. “One of the region’s most experienced naturalists is ...
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Coyote woes are prompted by human behaviour

Throughout much of Ontario there are emails, texts and news reports of coyotes causing woes to humans. But what’s hard to keep in mind – and get into the messaging – is that it’s actually humans causing woes for coyotes. There are typically two types of incidents that draw attention ...
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Mystery at the Lost Lagoon

The Stanley Park Ecology Society has a whodunit to solve: someone keeps removing wire wrapping from trees and tossing it in a pond. According to the CBC , the society has wrapped several trees around Lost Lagoon (a perfect name for a mystery) to protect them from beavers – a ...
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How many more must be injured or killed?

Across Canada domestic dogs are being maimed by legal traps set to capture or kill wild fur-bearing animals. This is not new, nor is the unfortunate reaction of many. "He should have been on a leash," some observe. "If he wasn't roaming it wouldn't have happened," say others. But the ...
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