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Our Animal Action Education programme helps children learn and care about animals

Our Animal Action Education programme helps children learn and care about animals

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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Seals news

13th April 2015 Sheryl Fink
Warning this video contains graphic material. IFAW has spent decades documenting what really happens at Canada’s Read more »
In 1969, Brian Davies founded IFAW to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt.
10th April 2015 Azzedine Downes
In 1969, Brian Davies founded IFAW to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt. Forty five years later, we are still working Read more »
3rd April 2015 Sheryl Fink
Warning this video contains graphic material. For now, there is peace on the ice.  Harp seals are currently “off Read more »
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13th April 2015
Warning this video contains graphic material. IFAW has spent decades documenting what really happens at Canada’s Watch Video »
3rd April 2015
Warning this video contains graphic material. For now, there is peace on the ice.  Harp seals are currently “off Watch Video »
5th November 2014
At IFAW, much of our political advocacy work depends on caring, compassionate supporters who will speak out on behalf of the Watch Video »
10th June 2014
When Canada and Norway complained about the EU’s 2009 seal trade ban to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Watch Video »
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IFAW: Canada’s commercial seal hunt is a cruel, unnecessary waste
8th April 2015
It was announced today that Canada’s commercial seal hunt will open once again on the East Coast on Sunday, April 12. Despite receiving tens of millions in public funds and support over four decades, the commercial seal hunt is at one of the lo Read more »
DFO covers up value of products from the 2014 commercial seal hunt
27th March 2015
In an unprecedented move, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is refusing to release the quantity and landed value of products from the 2014 commercial seal hunt in what IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) believes to be Read more »
EU Commission releases amended EU seal products regulations
6th February 2015
The EU Commission today released an amended version of the EU regulations on seal products. The EU trade regulation on seals had to be revised in response to the findings of a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) appellate body decision. IFAW (Inter Read more »
Norway axes commercial seal hunt subsidies – likely ending commercial seal hunti
12th December 2014
According to media reports the Norwegian government has announced it will stop propping up an unnecessary commercial seal hunt industry with government handouts. “This is brilliant news that will save thousands of seals from a cruel death. It s Read more »
Norway considers stop to commercial seal hunt subsidies – move would effectively
28th October 2014
The Norwegian government has announced it will consider a move to stop propping up an unnecessary commercial seal hunt citing the need to manage “economic priorities.” “This is brilliant news thatcould save tens of thousands of seal Read more »
Animal heroes from around the UK to receive awards
21st October 2014
Animal heroes will tomorrow (Tuesday) receive prestigious awards for their outstanding work from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org). IFAW’s annual Animal Action Awards ceremony will be hosted at the House of Lords by Baron Read more »
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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 »
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 seals Read more »
IFAW WTO Seal briefing
12th March 2013 by
The EU legislation being challenged by Canada and Norway is Regulation (EC) No. 1007/2009, also known as the “EU s Read more »
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19th April 2012 by Sheryl Fink
I get asked a lot about why IFAW travels to the ice each year to document the commercial seal hunt. Many people believe the Read more »
13th April 2012 by Sheryl Fink
There is nothing more frustrating than being prepared to document the commercial seal hunt and being kept down by one thing Read more »
Northern Gulf seal hunt opens with a fizzle
11th April 2012 by Sheryl Fink
And so it begins…day one of the Canadian commercial seal hunt in the Northern Gulf of St Lawrence The International Read more »
IFAW: $3.6 million sealing industry bailout is a waste
5th April 2012 by
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) condemns the Canadian government's decision to provide $3.6 million in Read more »
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