From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 1999:

Revenue Canada has compelled
The Fur-Bearers, incorporated in 1953 as
the Association for the Protection of FurBearing
Animals, to yield the registered
charitable status it has held for 45 years, on
grounds that in advocating a cause which
could require a change in law, it is a political
organization, not a charity. Now in the
process of reincorporating, to separate
“political” activity from “charity,” The FurBearers
will retain nonprofit status, but
donations will no longer be tax-deductible.

“Charity is for helping the helpless,”
responded Fur-Bearers president and
cofounder George Clements. “Who is more
helpless than an innocent animal in a leghold
trap?” Responding to complaints from furriers,
Revenue Canada earlier forced the
Animal Defense League of Canada to surrender
charitable status.
“Veganism––particularly vegan
education––should be our top priority,”
the winter 1999 edition of the S o n o m a
People for Animal Rights n e w s p a p e r
Animal Writes declared. “There is simply no
escaping the fact that diet is the connection
between the most people and the most animal
suffering.” SPAR is based in Santa
Rosa, California.
Montana state bear management
specialist Tim Manley has embarassed the
National Wildlife Federation, the national
umbrella for 48 state hunting clubs, by
alleging that a photograph by S t e p h e n
Krasemann in the January/February edition
of National Wildlife magazine, identified as
a grizzly bear sow and cub climbing on “an
abandoned bird feeder in the Flathead
National Forest” actually shows a feeder
within 20-30 feet of Krasemann’s house,
where Manley has repeatedly responded to
complaints from neighbors that Krasemann
was illegally baiting bears. Krasemann
called Manley’s claim libelous, and said he
only spread grain to feed elk and deer.
Greenpeace Oceans campaigner
Denise Boyd told reporters on January 19
that Greenpeace will contest efforts by Japan
to exclude Greenpeace representatives from
observer status at meetings of the
International Whaling Commission.
Greenpeace observers have attended IWC
meetings since 1977, but Japan contends
that Greenpeace should be barred because
members boarded two Japanese whaling vessels
off New Caledonia in December 1998 to
protest against “research whaling” within the
Southern Oceans Whale Sanctuary.
The Body Shop, whose “against
animal testing” policy has proven awkward
to implement as a manufacturer, announced
on January 26 that it plans to quit making
toiletries and cosmetics in order to emphasize
retail sales.

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