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Is a new generation accepting fur, or are journalists buying the spin?

If you take headlines at their face value, it would seem fur is back in a big way. But if you’re capable of critical thinking, it would seem that journalists are buying the fur industry’s spin, hook, line and sinker. The latest article,...
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Fashion and function meet in bird-saving cat collars

A hot topic in the discussion of outdoor cats is their uncanny killing ability. Our feline friends are accused of killing between 1.3 billion and 4 billion birds a year in the United States (according to a Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute...
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Why we choose to protect fur-bearers

We had an interesting post on our Facebook wall today. A user, whose name has been redacted from the attached image, stated “ I love animals as much as the next person and believe they should be treated with respect. Here is an idea lets [sic...
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Essay: Commercialization in wildlife management and its significance

This essay was submitted to The Fur-Bearers by Natural Resource Protection student Lynnea Parker. It has been republished with her permission. Commercialism in Wildlife Management and its Significance with Species Conservation in British Columbia By...
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Business owner shows what not to do when you see a Lynx

We all love a chance to see wildlife, up close and personally. But we also need to be smart about it and make sure the wildlife – and ourselves – remain safe. A business owner in Terrace Bay, however, didn’t get the message. In a...
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Canada on oil sands: when to censor, when to share

It’s not uncommon for a lot of back and forth to occur at the government level when non-profits, advocates or alternative media start asking questions. We saw that during the media firestorm regarding the use of muskrat fur in RCMP hats ( we...
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Habitat fragmentation a danger to more than just birds

A biologist sent a warning in a CBC interview , indicating that the growth of Sudbury will cause issues for wildlife. But the national news network pulled their punches – and the true scope of the issue of habitat fragmentation was missed. The...
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OPP reminds drivers to be animal aware on the roads

Spring is coming (mostly) to Ontario! And that, unfortunately, means that critters crossing roads will be at greater risk – and so will drivers. As many as 15,000 wildlife-vehicle collisions are reported in Ontario each year , and that’s...
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Defender Radio to add Q and A segment to weekly show

What’s the best part of being a journalist? Finding answers to questions you’ve been dying to ask. What’s the best part of being a former journalist, working for an animal advocacy group and hosting a weekly podcast? Finding...
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Ministry of Natural Resources investigating third pair of dead coyotes

Last week we told you about two sets of coyote deaths , a total of four coyotes killed and laid out in suspicious manners in and around London, Ontario. Another pair of coyotes has now been found in the area – and no answers have surfaced...
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