Rebecca Aldworth
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Rebecca Aldworth is executive director of Humane Society International-Canada, and has observed commercial seal hunts off Newfoundland, Labrador and Quebec for the last 18 years.

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13 Days Of Peace Before The Hunt For Seals

(111) Comments | Posted April 4, 2017 | 9:50 AM

Commercial sealing has received a lot of buzz this year, but little of it includes the perspectives of groups who work to stop it. The romanticizing of commercial sealing continues virtually unfettered. Canadian parliamentarians trip over each other to defend Newfoundland commercial sealers. Vancouver-based chefs sell...

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A #DayofAction To End Cosmetics Animal Testing Cruelty

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2016 | 1:12 PM

"Big things have small beginnings."

A prescient quote from a great film (Lawrence of Arabia, in case you were wondering) that evokes so much of what #BeCrueltyFree Canada has been fighting for so hard over these past three years. And as the campaign to end cosmetic animal testing and trade...

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We Need to End the Cruel Dog Meat Trade

(58) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 8:19 AM

Animal suffering is tough for anyone to stomach. It doesn't matter if you've been on the frontlines of animal welfare all your life because it never gets easier to look at. But what about cases of extreme abuse, where cruelty is so unthinkable that most people can't even comprehend its...

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Banning Cosmetic Animal Testing Will Bring Us Closer to a Truly Humane Society

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 5:34 PM

Some decisions are no-brainers, like afternoon naps, hitting the "snooze" button, and ending needless animal suffering. So it makes sense that we arrived at this point, where Canadians have made it clear -- eight out of ten, to be specific -- that it's time for our country to ban cosmetics...

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It's Time for Canada to Support a Fair Seal Industry Buyout

(27) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 12:51 PM

For a time, many of us had hope that the 2015 commercial seal slaughter might not happen.

Rumour had it that seal processors were unable to find markets and might not be in a position to buy baby seal skins this spring. But just days before the sealing season...

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Canada's Commercial Seal Hunt Is the Shame of Our Nation

(221) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 9:15 AM

In the coming days, Canada's commercial seal hunt -- the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet -- will open off the coast of Newfoundland.

Many Canadians, and millions more concerned individuals watching around the world, hoped the hunt would not go ahead this year, given...

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The Commercial Seal Hunt Must Be Stopped

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 11:42 AM

I grew up in a small sealing town in Newfoundland, and for most of my adult life I've campaigned to end Canada's commercial seal slaughter. In all that time, I have never once opposed Inuit subsistence sealing, which happens at a much smaller scale, for different reasons, in another part...

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Help the #BeCrueltyFree Campaign End Cosmetics Animal Testing

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Humane Society International's #BeCrueltyFree campaign is giving the beauty industry a makeover worldwide, leading negotiations with governments and companies to put an end to cosmetics animal testing -- forever.

We were a driving force in making the European Union the world's largest cruelty-free cosmetics zone. We led the charge...

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Our Policy On Animal Testing is Distinctly Un-Canadian

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 5:34 PM

It's 2014, and animals are still being blinded, poisoned and killed to test new beauty products or their ingredients.

A year ago this month, Humane Society International's Be Cruelty-Free campaign celebrated a landmark victory, as Europe became the world's first cruelty-free cosmetics market by banning...

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As the World Bans Seal Products Canada Must Ban the Hunt

(91) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 4:07 PM

In today's global economy, enlightened trade decisions made in one part of the world can save animals thousands of miles away.

Such is the case with Taiwan, which has just prohibited trade in marine mammals and their products. The move is a significant gain in the effort to protect...

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