Extraordinary victory for seals: Russia bans the hunt for all harp seals less than one year of age
“We are overwhelmingly pleased that the Russian government has finally completed its pledge to protect harp seals,” remarked Masha Vorontsova, Director of IFAW Russia.
Russian opposition to the harp seal hunt has grown considerably in the last year. Public outcry led to mounting pressure on the government of Russia to formally address the need to close the harp seal hunt.
Trutnev thanked NGOs and the public for supporting the passage of the ban. “NGOs actively upheld their position against this hunt, raised public awareness and by all means contributed to the passage of ban on the seal hunt in Russia.”
“The time has now come for the Canadian government to follow suit and end their cruel hunt for harp seals once and for all,” added Vorontsova. “These hunts are unnecessary – they are merely supporting the trade in fur used for non-essential fashion items.”
Later this month, Canada’s commercial seal hunt will begin off the east coast of Canada. Last year, more than 217,000 harp seals were killed, 99.8% of which were under 3 months of age.