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    Become a member of APFA today!

    Members are the life-blood of our Association. We receive no government funding and rely on our members to help carry out our much needed work.

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    The Defenders are our monthly donors. Likely one of our most important assets The Defenders provide a stable platform for us to carry out our work. Join The Defenders today!

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  • EVENTS

    Conference

    Our annual Living with Wildlife Conference

    Our annual event brings together wildlife experts from around the world to discuss non-lethal alternatives for living with wildlife.

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    Community Events

    We may be at an event near you!

    Throughout the year we attend a variety of events and festivals to promote our wildlife programs and educate people on the trade, find out where we will be next.

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  • FAQ

    Trapping and Wildlife

    Aren't traps illegal in Canada?

    Hundreds of thousands of fur-bearing animals are killed or maimed by traps each year in Canada. But many Canadians are unaware that these traps are even used or what kind of suffering they cause.

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    Environment

    Is fur a ‘green’ option?

    Many of the terms commonly employed by the fur industry are neither well defined nor regulated under the law. Canada’s Competition Act does not specifically restrict the use of terms like “environmentally friendly”.

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  • THE ISSUES

    Fur Farming

    Learn the truth about fur farming

    Farmed mink and fox spend their short, miserable lives trapped in tiny wire cages stacked together in long sheds, where they eat, sleep, urinate and defecate.

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    Fashion

    Fur in Fashion?

    Cruelty has never looked good on anyone. Find out how fur is used in the fashion industry and the alternatives available to living a fur-free lifestyle.

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  • CAMPAIGNS

    Living with wildlife

    There are non-lethal solutions for co-existing with wildlife

    From beavers to bears to coyotes and skunks there are alternatives for living peaceful with wildlife. Learn all about our Living with Wildlife programs.

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    Dog and cat fur

    It is legal to buy and sell dog and cat fur in Canada!

    Did you know millions of dogs and cats are slaughtered every year and their fur can be sold right here in Canada? Learn more about the dog and cat fur trade.

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Blog

BC wildfires will drive wildlife into danger

Wildfires across British Columbia are forcing hundreds of residents to flee from their homes. The fires are also displacing thousands of wild animals, but there are scant few wildlife rehabilitators waiting to help them. Many of our supporters awoke...
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Defender Radio: Best of beaver

Did you have a great Canada Day? We did, too! It got us thinking about just how awesome beavers really are. We spend a lot of time talking about them with our Living With Wildlife campaign, but we’ve also explored the roles beavers play in the...
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Victory: Hugo Boss commits to fur-free policy

The Fur-Bearers and our partners at the Fur Free Alliance are celebrating today after luxury brand Hugo Boss declared they would phase out all real animal fur from their product lines. The progressive decision was recently announced in the Hugo Boss...
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Another baby animal tortured by trap in Ontario

It is with heavy hearts that we must report on another baby animal – this time, a raccoon kit – suffering in a trap in Ontario. According to DurhamRegion.com , a couple in the quiet city of Pickering (east of Toronto), had been enjoying...
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Canada Day with The Fur-Bearers: getting to know our national animal

There are so very many jokes about beavers. And, as one of our most popular campaigns involves protecting these fur-bearing families and their habitats, we hear most of them. But there are a lot of interesting facts about Canada’s national...
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Winners of monthly member contest announced!

What an incredible month! From Canada to the United States and as far away as Western Europe, wildlife lovers stood up and added their voice to the many by becoming monthly members of The Fur-Bearers. We’re now happy to announce the winners of...
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Wildlife, pets and fireworks: tips to be a responsible neighbour

This week Canadians from coast-to-coast will be celebrating the birth of our nation. Our friends south of the 49th will be doing the same on the weekend. In both instances, barbecues, outdoor parties and family time will be enjoyed by all. But not...
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Episode 232: Managing the invasion

For thousands of years, humankind has studied the delicate interplay of species across the vast web of life. And for thousands of years, we’ve successfully screwed it right up. From the time of Aristotle to today’s grade one classrooms,...
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Video: Captive-bred marmots released to save endangered population on Vancouver Island

There were as few as 30 wild marmots on Vancouver Island just over a decade ago. But today, thanks to protective legislation, reintroductions and the hard work of non-profits, the endangered rodents are closer to a stable population. In 2003, the...
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Brits loving beaver kits while Canadians continue killing families

The birth of the first truly English beavers in the European nation’s first wild colony has thrilled nature lovers across the pond. Meanwhile, in Canada, beavers are slaughtered for being inconvenient. In what is likely an illegal level of...
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