The CRA took our charitable status – but they didn’t take our voice

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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. 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 members, all of 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.

Help Make A Difference

Join The Fur-Bearers today and help us protect fur-bearing animals in the wild and confinement. To become a monthly donor (for as little as $10/month – the cost of two lattes) please click here and help us save lives today. Your donation is tax-deductible.


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Established in 1953, The Fur-Bearers is a charitable, non-partisan organization whose goals are to end the commercial fur trade and promote solutions for wildlife coexistence in communities. Your donation is tax-deductible. Charitable registration number: 130006125RR0002

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