“Many people mistakenly think Canada stopped hunting baby seals decades ago,”
said Fred O’Regan, IFAW’s president and CEO. “But the size of Canada’s modern,
commercial hunt is bigger now than it has been in 50 years.”
Each spring the entire Northwest Atlantic harp seal population migrates to
the East Coast of Newfoundland to mate, give birth and nurse their young. In one
of nature’s great wildlife spectacles, thousands of seals are born on the
pristine ice floes off eastern Canada in early March.