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Rebecca Aldworth

Director, Canadian Wildlife Issues

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Mark Glover/Humane Society International

Rebecca Aldworth is director of Canadian Wildlife Issues for The HSUS. She is also on the staff of Humane Society International.

For the past decade, she has been a firsthand observer of Canada's commercial seal slaughter, escorting more than 100 scientists, parliamentarians, and journalists to the ice floes to witness the killing.

Aldworth has testified before the Canadian House of Commons and a large number of European Parliamentarians on the humane, economic, and environmental aspects of the Canadian seal hunt.

She has published numerous position papers and articles on the seal slaughter in publications including the Toronto Star and the International Herald Tribune. Aldworth has lectured at numerous universities and other institutions on animal protection issues. She has appeared on the Montel Williams Show and was featured in People Magazine.

Aldworth builds coalitions within the animal and environmental protection community and helps coordinate international efforts to close seal product markets. She works with government agencies to enforce legislation preventing trade in marine mammal products.

Aldworth has founded two animal protection groups in Canada. She is a recipient of the 2004 Jean Taymans award for animal welfare and in 2006 was named one of nine Eco Heroes by Alternet.

Before joining The HSUS and HSI/Canada, Aldworth served as Seal Campaigner for the International Fund for Animal Welfare for seven years. As a director of Global Action Network, she also worked on a number of other animal protection issues including factory farming, the fur trade, and animals in entertainment—helping to block the construction of a captive dolphin facility in Quebec, achieving municipal bans on animals in entertainment in three Canadian municipalities, and convincing more than 300 Canadian retailers to remove fur products from their stores. 

Aldworth studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

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