MEPs show their support for seals

It’s been almost five years since the historic day when an overwhelming majority of MEPs voted to ban the sale of seal products from commercial seal hunts.

Since then more than 1 million seals that could have reasonably expected to suffer and cruel death from commercial seal hunting have been spared.

This makes the EU seal ban one of the greatest ever successes in the global battle for animal welfare!

Little wonder then, that when we asked a few MEPs from across the political spectrum how they few about the EU seal ban they responded with unbridled enthusiasm. We’ll add more photos in the weeks to come to show that Europe remains proud and steadfast in support of this historic legislation.


MEP Kriton Arsenis (S&D Group) shows his support and accepts postcards from concerned IFAW supporters from across Europe.

MEP Marina Yannakoudakis (ECR Group) in her office speaking up for seals and Europeans.

MEP Jill Evans (Greens/EFA) shows her support for animal welfare and the EU seal ban.

Rosalind Leeming of the IFAW UK office helps distribute just a few of the thousands of supporter postcards to MEPs at the European Parliament in Brussels.

MEP Sirpa Pietikainen (EPP Group) shows her support for the EU seal ban with a small sample of IFAW supporter postcards.

MEP Linda McAvan (S&D Group) has two clear messages: her support for the EU seal ban and that we must stop the cruelty of commercial sealing.

MEP David Martin (S&D Group) who visited the ice floes off the coast of Canada shows his unwavering support for the EU seal ban.

MEP Andrea Zanoni (ALDE Group) stands proudly before a map of his native Italy and supports to EU seal ban.

MEP Georges Bach (EPP Group) is a strong supporter of the EU seal ban.

MEP Carl Schlyter (Greens) playfully shows his support for the EU seal ban.

MEP Marlene Mizzi (S&D Group) shows her support for seals in Europe in front of the European Parliament

For more information about IFAW efforts to end the Canadian commercial seal hunt, visit our campaign page.

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Dr. Ralf (Perry) Sonntag, Country Director, Germany
Country Director, Germany
Sheryl Fink, Wildlife Campaigns Director, IFAW Canada
Wildlife Campaigns Director, IFAW Canada
Sonja Van Tichelen, Regional Director, European Union
Regional Director, European Union