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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 »
IFAW: Commercial Seal Hunt Opens, Continues to Require Government Support
14th April 2014 by
After over 30 years of trying to revive the commercial seal hunt, and over $50 million in government support, the hunt will Read more »
14th April 2014 by Sheryl Fink
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the commercial seal hunt is a thing of legend. It’s a very important part of the Read more »
The major victory for animal welfare — that animal welfare is recognized as a le
18th March 2014 by Sheryl Fink
Discussions began today before the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In Canada, much has been made of the Read more »
Proposed seal hunt legislation takes strong action…against non-existent threat
10th March 2014 by Sheryl Fink
MP Greg Kerr’s Private Member’s Bill C-555 was debated in the House last week. The bill is a strange proposal, Read more »
IFAW Briefing -- Bill C-555: An Act respecting the Marine Mammal Regulations
8th March 2014 by
Bill C – 555 proposes to increase the distance that a person must maintain from another person who is fishing for 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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