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World of Animals Issue 20
1st September 2014 by
World of Animals Issue 20 Read more »
The Commercial Seal Hunt in Canada: Frequently Asked Questions
20th June 2014 by
IFAW's collection of FAQs about the commercial seal hunt in Canada. Read more »
10th June 2014 by Sonja Van Tichelen
When Canada and Norway complained about the EU’s 2009 seal trade ban to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Read more »
A Canadian harp seal pup on the ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. c. IFAW
3rd June 2014 by Sheryl Fink
Now that the excitement has settled, I thought it would be good to reflect on the recent ruling by the WTO Appellate Body, Read more »
5 Instagram photos from our efforts for animals around the world
28th May 2014 by J.C. Bouvier
#Animals? We've got those. Below are just a few highlights from recent IFAW program efforts from around the world. Be Read more »
Seal, whale campaign successes can serve future generations (Part 2)
23rd May 2014 by Azzedine Downes
After decades of campaigning, we at the International Fund for Animal Welfare have celebrated concurrent major victories 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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