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Opinion - The Hill Times: Moving beyond Canada’s commercial seal hunt
16th September 2014 Sheryl Fink
This opinion from Sheryl Fink IFAW Canada Wildlife Campaigns Director, originally ran in The Hill Times (subscription) Read more »
10th June 2014 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 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 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 »
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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 »
9th May 2014
For Mother’s Day, IFAW is sharing some video of mothers and young of the species we protect. --ED Harp seals give Watch Video »
14th April 2014
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the commercial seal hunt is a thing of legend. It’s a very important part of the Watch Video »
27th January 2014
Did the Department of Obsolete Industry stir a nostalgia for the fragrant smell of burning blubber? Were you hoping to be Watch Video »
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WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban
22nd May 2014
IFAW – the International Fund for Animal Welfare – is delighted that the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body has largely upheld the European Union’s ban on seal products. As in an earlier first instance ruling, the WTO fou Read more »
IFAW Condemns Demand to Reopen Whitecoat Hunt
25th April 2014
Seal hunters from the Magdalen Islands, Quebec, are asking that the nearly 30-year old ban on the commercial hunting of whitecoat harp seals (nursing pups) be lifted. According to a report published April 20th in the Montréal newspaper Le Sole Read more »
IFAW: Commercial Seal Hunt Opens, Continues to Require Government Support
14th April 2014
After over 30 years of trying to revive the commercial seal hunt, and over $50 million in government support, the hunt will proceed again in 2014 despite the lack of markets. 
 “This hunt has been on life support for 20 years. It will never com Read more »
 WTO Releases Ruling on EU seal products ban
25th November 2013
Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) released its final ruling on Canada and Norway’s challenge of the European Union’s ban on seal products. The WTO panel has found the main element of the ban to be WTO compliant. The International Read more »
The EU Seal Products Ban and the Challenge at the WTO – Ruling of the WTO Panel
21st November 2013
On February 18, 2012, Canada and Norway challenged the European Union’s seal products trade restrictions at the World Trade Organization (WTO). On Monday, November 25, 2013 the WTO panel in Geneva is expected to make its ruling on the challenge Read more »
German government unanimously affirms EU regulation on seal products
14th June 2013
Last night the German Bundestag voted unanimously to stick to the existing pan-European trade regulation on commercial seal products. The vote is in response to the WTO (World Trade Organization) challenge brought by Canada and Norway. The lawsuit is Read more »
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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 »
Final Seal Amicus Brief from IFAW and other NGOs
12th March 2013 by
Final Seal Amicus Brief from IFAW and other NGOs. Read more »
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IFAW-Staff celebrated in 2009 the resolution of the EU-Parliament to ban all tra
14th June 2013 by Dr. Ralf (Perry) Sonntag
Tonight the German Bundestag showed unusual consensus in their decision to have Germany insist on a pan-European embargo on Read more »
Canadian politicians and fishermen are calling for a cull of seals.
14th June 2013 by Sheryl Fink
In a move that defies explanation, Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield quietly announced last week a 33% increase in the Read more »
EU Trade Commissioner de Gucht stands strong for seals
10th June 2013 by Sonja Van Tichelen
As the EU defends the 27 (soon to be 28 country) ban on seal products before the next WTO panel hearing, it is vital that we Read more »
A majority of Canadians want to see an end to the commercial seal hunt.
22nd May 2013 by Sheryl Fink
According to media reports, today is the day that the sole sealskin processor – Carino Ltd - will stop purchasing seal Read more »
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