All Content for Seals

On the frozen ice of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, a sealer moves in to kill a beate
15th May 2013 by Sheryl Fink
The discussion on the European Union’s import ban on seal products continued last week as the second panel Read more »
A harp seal pup on the ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence © IFAW/S. Cook
25th April 2013 by
The European General Court today upheld the EU trade regulation on seal products. In a strongly-worded and crystal clear Read more »
European Union stands strong in defending their seal trade ban
25th April 2013 by Barbara Slee
We got great news today that the European Union’s General Court in Luxembourg upheld the EU seal trade ban. There was Read more »
The EU population does care strongly about the welfare of seals and would regard
24th April 2013 by Barbara Slee
The second round of hearings at the World Trade Organization (WTO) get underway next week in Geneva. The European Commission Read more »
An ice seal. Photo:NOAA
16th April 2013 by Jeffrey Flocken
Recently, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association announced a plan to sue the US government over the recent decision to list two Read more »
On the frozen ice of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, a sealer moves in to kill a seal
12th April 2013 by Sheryl Fink
The 2013 commercial seal hunt opened earlier this week off the shores of Newfoundland, Canada. This year will mark my first 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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