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13th April 2015 by Sheryl Fink
Warning this video contains graphic material. IFAW has spent decades documenting what really happens at Canada’s Read more »
In 1969, Brian Davies founded IFAW to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt.
10th April 2015 by Azzedine Downes
In 1969, Brian Davies founded IFAW to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt. Forty five years later, we are still working Read more »
IFAW: Canada’s commercial seal hunt is a cruel, unnecessary waste
8th April 2015 by
It was announced today that Canada’s commercial seal hunt will open once again on the East Coast on Sunday, April 12. Read more »
3rd April 2015 by Sheryl Fink
Warning this video contains graphic material. For now, there is peace on the ice.  Harp seals are currently “off Read more »
DFO covers up value of products from the 2014 commercial seal hunt
27th March 2015 by
In an unprecedented move, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is refusing to release the quantity and Read more »
Wayward seal in need of rescue – simply in the wrong place.
13th March 2015 by Kristen Pachett
Throughout the year IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team brings on a number of interns and apprentices Read more »

Year after year, tens of thousands of seals are killed during Canada's commercial seal hunt. The animals are skinned, and sometimes their flippers are cut off. Then their bodies are tossed away.

It's an unnecessary, horrifying waste of life.

Seal meat, while eaten in some parts of Canada, is not the focus of the commercial seal hunt on Canada's East Coast. Almost all of the animals - 92 percent in 2013 - are dumped on the ice or tossed back into the ocean once their fur has been removed. Shockingly, this is completely legal.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans claims it supports "full utilization" of the seals killed, but the reality does not support the claim.

We need answers from the Canadian government. Please write to your MP. Ask why the government continues to support this wasteful, cruel and unnecessary hunt with your tax dollars.

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