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Your support is needed to get the media to report on this epidemic

Five dogs trapped. Three dead. One seriously injured. One lucky enough to go unharmed. We’re calling this an epidemic – and we need your help to get the media to start covering it. On Monday, December 22, 2014, we sent out a news release – three dogs trapped in a ...
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Home for the Holidays with Gates’ Wildlife Control

For a daily dose of cute, education and amazing, we always check in on the Gates Wildlife Control Facebook page . Brad Gates, who operates the humane wildlife removal company, is a great supporter of our work – from sponsoring Defender Radio to supporting our annual Living With Wildlife conference ...
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Dogs at risk of traps in winter

We told you the story of Bella – the lab-mix who required extensive dental surgery after being caught in a leg-hold trap in Labrador in mid-November. But since then, APFA has learned of three other reports of dogs being caught – and in two cases, killed – by traps in ...
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Vaute Couture designs special “Ew, Fur Real” pattern to benefit APFA

Fashionista and animal lover Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart is known for designing clothing for a cause. And she’s designed an adorable series that will benefit The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. The “Ew, Fur Real” design is available on a tank , shirt or sweatshirt – and your purchase ...
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Episode 210: Santa's going fur-free

As things started to wind down at the Fur-Bearers office last week, we received a surprising piece of mail. The letter was addressed to Adrian Nelson, our Director of Communications. He wasn’t sure from whom the letter came, as the return label was only a postal code – H0H0H0. He ...
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Co-existence and land sharing lead to rise in European wildlife populations

Populations of large carnivores in Europe are not only steady for the first time in a century – but may be rising. Brown bear, wolf, Eurasian lynx and wolverine populations were examined in the study , which involved 26 studies and 76 authors and published in the journal Science . ...
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Will Norway cave on fur farm phase out?

Though a majority of elected representatives in Norway’s parliament asked for a ban on fur farms, a commission is recommending developing the industry sustainably. The move in parliament came after footage from inside the country’s fur farms was aired on television showing seriously grave conditions, including infections, injuries and “questionable ...
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You helped raise over $1,000 for Bella’s treatment and transport

It is with great pride that we’re able to report Bella, the dog whose teeth were severely injured when she was caught in a leg-hold trap , is home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, and recovering well. In our conversation with Peg Pelley, Bella’s owner, on Defender Radio , we ...
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Taxpayers to fund $20M bailout of Nova Scotia fur farms

A 60 per cent drop in value and an outbreak of Aleutian disease hitting 75 per cent of fur farms in Nova Scotia has hit the industry hard. But the taxpayers of Nova Scotia are the ones who will be left footing the bill for a dying industry. According to ...
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Canadian leaders losing grasp on wildlife, environmental realities

Eyebrows are raising around the world after what can only be called a disastrous week of disturbing news from Canada’s leaders on issues such as wildlife, endangered species and the environment. ‘Crazy’ to regulate oil industry emissions The week began with the top leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, saying it ...
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