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WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban
22nd May 2014 by
IFAW – the International Fund for Animal Welfare – is delighted that the World Trade Organization (WTO) Read more »
WTO affirms EU ban on seal products
22nd May 2014 by Sheryl Fink
The finding of the WTO Appellate Body is another damaging blow to the sealing industry: The EU ban on seal products can Read more »
Seal, whale campaign successes can serve future generations (Part 1)
22nd May 2014 by Azzedine Downes
After decades of campaigning, we at the International Fund for Animal Welfare have celebrated concurrent major victories Read more »
9th May 2014 by Erica Martin
For Mother’s Day, IFAW is sharing some video of mothers and young of the species we protect. --ED Harp seals give Read more »
Canadian sealers propose return to horrific hunt of newborns amidst industry’s s
28th April 2014 by Sheryl Fink
In a shocking revelation this morning, the French language journal Le Soleil broke the news that after a “disastrous Read more »
IFAW Condemns Demand to Reopen Whitecoat Hunt
25th April 2014 by
Seal hunters from the Magdalen Islands, Quebec, are asking that the nearly 30-year old ban on the commercial hunting of 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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