The year was 1998. The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals was touring Canada and Europe, showing people the horrific reality of traps. The leadership of George and Bunty Clements were leading Canadians ever closer to being a fur-free nation.
And then the government decided they’d had enough.
The Canada Revenue Agency contacted The Fur-Bearers, along with four other organizations who were speaking out against the fur trade. Their message was simple: stop or we’ll revoke your status.
For the other four organizations, the financial implications were too much – they quieted down. But The Fur-Bearers stood strong and took the blow on the chin.
It’s been nearly 20 years since we lost our charitable status. Financially, it has limited our abilities a great deal as we cannot offer tax receipts. But it has not silenced us. Despite the loss, we have carried on, mastering social media, conquering campaigns from coast-to-coast and developing non-lethal solutions to wildlife conflict.
Our supporters have been our lifeblood since we were founded in 1953. Today, we need you again. Become a monthly donor – it takes only the cost of a latte each month – and help us continue to grow and plan out more campaigns, humane education initiatives and co-existence solutions. Help us stand up to a government that seeks to silence a voice that must be heard.
Help us give the animals a voice that can be heard from the mountains and valleys. Help us give them a future where they need not fear. Help us give them a Canada we know they deserve.