All Content for Seals

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 »
New proposal balances concerns of EU citizens with EU’s WTO obligations
19th February 2015 by Sonja Van Tichelen
The EU Commission recently released its proposal on how to change the groundbreaking EU seal trade regulation to make it Read more »
EU Commission releases amended EU seal products regulations
6th February 2015 by
The EU Commission today released an amended version of the EU regulations on seal products. The EU trade regulation on seals Read more »
Norway axes commercial seal hunt subsidies – likely ending commercial seal hunti
12th December 2014 by
According to media reports the Norwegian government has announced it will stop propping up an unnecessary commercial seal Read more »
5th November 2014 by Sheryl Fink
At IFAW, much of our political advocacy work depends on caring, compassionate supporters who will speak out on behalf of the 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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