The Ghosts In Our Machine

The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE offers a reprieve from the seemingly endless stream of horror films depicting animal cruelty that no one wants to watch. This film is much different in that it raises the issue of animal rights without gratuitous violence or re-victimizing the animals. Any sadness experienced by the viewer is also tempered by stories of rescue and survival.

This film doesn’t get caught up in the usual arguments for or against animal rights, but rather puts the focus on the individual animals and the various predicaments they find themselves in at the hands of humans. The camera lens brings the animals and their physical features up close -their gentle eyes are larger than life. You can hear them breathing, see them blinking and it leaves the viewer feeling that animals are not simply cogs in the ‘machine,’ but rather sentient beings with individual personalities.

We are so thrilled to endorse this memorable film.”

The Association For the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals
Photo of Lesley Fox, Executive Director of the Assoc. for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals

The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (APFA) has the distinction of being one of the oldest animal protection groups in Canada.

Since 1944, APFA (also known as Fur-Bearer Defenders) has been working to end the commercial fur trade. We also provide practical hands-on assistance to municipalities across Canada seeking to minimize human-wildlife conflicts, particularly related to beavers and coyotes.

A dedicated volunteer Board of Directors manages our society and our work is entirely supported by donations.

Our major accomplishments:

Influencing legislation. As a result of our campaigns, several communities have prohibited or restricted the use of lethal traps. We also have encouraged the creation of various federal bills and development of legislation in the European Union.

Awareness & education. We have exposed the fur industry through various TV, radio, billboards, newspaper, transit, and online ads.

First group to expose trapping cruelty. Our group was the first to release never before seen film footage of animals suffering on a Canadian trap line.

We build flow devices. We have built dozens of flow devices in municipalities across Canada. These non-lethal pipe/cage systems prevent beavers from being trapped and killed.

Celebrity support. Our roster includes Kim Basinger, Bif Naked, Loretta Swit, Jason Priestley, and Georges Laraque.

For more information, or to support our work, please visit:

Read our Interview with the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals.


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