After decades of campaigning, we at the International Fund for Animal Welfare have celebrated concurrent major victories regarding whales and seals at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and World Trade Organization (WTO), respectively.
As we look back in retrospect, we are reminded that campaigns that otherwise operate independently of one another can unfold similarly over time.
This is part one in a two-part series addressing the dynamics of two historic campaigns.
In order to wage a long campaign against animal welfare injustice, such as our steadfast opposition to commercial whaling and our ongoing crusade against the cruelty of the Canadian seal hunt, IFAW must be willing to do battle in a variety of arenas -- from the courts of public opinion to the courts of law, from the marketplace of ideas to the actual consumer marketplace.
When IFAW began such campaigns, we didn't have blueprints for decades of action. When the situation changed, we changed with it. Because of our commitment and passion for such a cause, we have gone wherever the fight takes us.