We often talk about a proud tradition of defending the fur-bearing animals of Canada – but never before has that history truly been explored.
Michael Howie – host of Defender Radio and APFA staffer – began researching APFA’s history more than a year ago. In his efforts, he found not only the classic stories of George and Bunty Clements – the powerhouse couple that led APFA to bigger things in the 1970s and beyond – but hand written letters dating back to the 1930s.
“In the spring of 1931, Bacchus had written the Vancouver Province imploring that a humane solution to the steel trap be found. Through an incredible circumstance that has not yet been identified, a Dr. Charles D. Niven in Ottawa saw the Bacchus letter and replied in-kind.”
Transcriptions of these letters – which led to the formation of the original incarnation of APFA – are included in the book, along with interviews from experts on Canadian evolutionary history, early Canadian literature, long-time volunteers and board members, as well as a few of the people who have been affected by APFA over the years.
Even if you’re familiar with some of the past of APFA, you’re guaranteed to find surprises – like APFA’s contribution to the development of the Conibear trap in the 1950s.
The eBook, which was penned by Michael Howie and has a foreword from noted conservationist Dr. Marc Bekoff, is available for $4.99 (CAD) for both the Kindle and Kobo reading devices. If you do not have one of these devices, both offer free versions of the software for smart phones, tablets and regular PCs.
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