The website is full of beautiful images: moose, owls, endangered species and traditional landscapes. Their conservation work is impressive, protecting various habitats and affecting policy. The problem? They’re not entirely up front.
The Canadian Wildlife Federation, a national organization that took in some $14,000,000 in donations last year, is affiliated with groups dedicated to promoting hunting, fishing and trapping. But to look at their website, annual reports or even their organizational description, one would have no idea of these associations.
In fact, the only way to know is if one explores their Board and Affiliates page, which is buried in a 2008-09 report, and sees the list of affiliates, which includes:
- Alberta Fish and Game Association
- B.C. Wildlife Federation
- Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs
- Manitoba Wildlife Federation
- New Brunswick Wildlife Federation
- Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Federation
- Northwest Territories Wildlife Federation
- Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters
- Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
- Prince Edward Island Wildlife Federation
- Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation
- Yukon Fish and Game Association
All are groups that focus on the preservation of “resources” for “recreational” or “mixed-use.” Which translates to hunting, fishing and trapping.
As we’ve already stated, they’ve done impressive conservation work. But the devil is in the details – and those details are hidden deep down.
We know that many people donate to the Canadian Wildlife Federation because they believe in their work. And we won’t tell these people not to donate to whomever they choose. But we do want people to understand, fully, what they’re donating to. We want people to be assured that the organizations they're supporting have policy statements or values that reflect their own.
Please note that the CWF is not the only conservation organization with these types of ties – there are many out there. We want people to ask questions – and find the truth. Don’t let non-profits take advantage of your love for animals.
The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals will gladly discuss our mandates, affiliations and policies with any who inquire. Our full history is available in the form of an eBook and various historical interviews are available in video format.
Work like our growing Living With Wildlife campaign is only possible with the support of monthly donors. Please consider become a monthly donor – for as little as $5 a month – and help us create a Canada that is truly fur-free.