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Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals

The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, also known as the Fur-bearer Defenders or APFA, was formed in British Columbia in 1944 under the leadership of Canadian politician Edward Ernest Winch.[1][2] The group's original aims were to assist in finding a "more humane" form of trapping wildlife,[3] though in later years they decided to focus on trying to end the fur-trade in Canada.[4]

Recent activities include helping communities investigate illegal/domestic trapping,[5] ending the import of dog and cat fur,[6] and assisting municipalities in coexisting with beavers.[7][8]

The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals began hosting Living With Wildlife conferences for municipal partners in 2011. The 2012 event, held in Toronto, Ontario, was deemed a success by various attendants.[9][10] The 2013 Living With Wildlife conference took place in Vancouver, BC, on September 20. Audio, video and photos from the event are available online.[11]

In October, 2013, APFA launched Defender Radio,[12] a weekly podcast focusing on wildlife, the fur industry, animal advocacy and the science involved.


  1. ^ M, J (1961). "The Compassionate Scribe". The Western Socialist. 220. 28 (2, 1961): 12–15. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  2. ^ Curwin, Lynn (2012). "Working to protect fur-bearing animals". Digital Journal.
  3. ^ Bevington, Angie (1983). "Frank Conibear". Arctic. 36 (4). doi:10.14430/arctic2301. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Anti-fur National Campaign is launched". CityNews Toronto. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Reward offered for information regarding steel jaw leg hold trap that injured a cat in Montreal North". Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  6. ^ Curwin, Lynn. "Working to protect fur-bearing animals". The Digital Journal. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  7. ^ Brink, Cheryl. "New water controls spare the beavers".+Local+%7c+News+%7c+Cornwall+Standard+Freeholder#.UAABBlpC-uc.facebook|accessdate=8 November 2012|newspaper=Cornwall Standard Freeholder|date=13 July 2012}}
  8. ^ Konevski, Alina (May 23, 2013). "Beaver deceiver prevents dams from being built". Mission City Record.
  9. ^ Jean, Kristine (October 18, 2012). "Living with wildlife". Tillsonburg News.
  10. ^ ["" "Living with wildlife Education is key"] Check |url= value (help). High Park Nature Centre.
  11. ^ "Living With Wildlife 2013".
  12. ^ "Defender Radio".

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