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Switzerland bans seal products
9 March 2017 Sheryl Fink
IFAW is celebrating  another victory for seals this week,  as Switzerland became the 35th country to ban seal Read more »
Huntwatch follows our founding campaign to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt.
17 August 2016 Erica Martin
This year the Discovery Channel began airing a series of trailblazing documentaries on humanity’s impact on the Read more »
The European Parliament voted to support revisions to the EU regulation
8 September 2015 Staci McLennan
Today was a great victory for seals. The European Parliament voted to support revisions to the EU regulation on the trade in Read more »
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13 April 2015
Warning this video contains graphic material. IFAW has spent decades documenting what really happens at Canada’s Watch Video »
10 June 2014
When Canada and Norway complained about the EU’s 2009 seal trade ban to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Watch Video »
22 November 2013
In case you missed it, be sure to WATCH: EU voices united in support of the seal ban – "Taking action Watch Video »
21 November 2013
In case you missed it, be sure to WATCH: EU voices united in support of the seal product ban – "An inhumane Watch Video »
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IFAW strongly opposed to sealers’ demands for early start to seal slaughter
24 March 2017
The International Fund for Animal Welfare condemns any early opening of the commercial harp seal hunt. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) are considering suspending the annual closure of the hunt in mid-March. This is one of the few protections in pla Read more »
Canadian Commercial Seal Hunt to Open April 10th
5 April 2016
Canada’s commercial seal hunt will open once again on the East Coast on April 10th. The Canadian government has not announced the 2016 quota, but it will likely remain at 400,000 harp seals, 60,000 grey seals and 8,200 hooded seals. However, th Read more »
1 October 2015
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) welcomed today’s adoption by the Council of the European Union of the amended version of the regulation on trade in seal products. The trade ban had to be revised in response to findings of the W Read more »
8 September 2015
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) welcomed today’s EU Parliament vote for an amended version of the regulation on trade in seal products. The trade ban had to be revised in response to findings of the World Trade Organization (WT Read more »
The Canadian government recommends the international marketing of seal penises.
12 June 2015
A recently released study commissioned by the Canadian government recommends the international marketing of seal penises as ingredients in energy drinks. The genitalia would be obtained by killing 140.000 grey seals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Read more »
IFAW: Canada’s commercial seal hunt is a cruel, unnecessary waste
8 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 »
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Canada's Commercial Seal Hunt: Past, Present, and Future
16 February 2016 by rbartlett
Canada's Commercial Seal Hunt: Past, Present, and Future Read more »
1 June 2015 by svandereyd
Key issues under discussion regarding the proposed revisions to Regulation (EC) 1007/2009 on trade in seal products   Read more »
1 June 2015 by svandereyd
Position on proposed amendments to draft IMCO report on Commission's proposal to amend Regulation (EC) 1007 / 2009 on tra Read more »
30 April 2015 by svandereyd
Position paper on the draft AGRI opinion on the Commission's proposal to amend Regulation (EC) 1007/2009 on trade in seal Read more »
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Norway considers stop to commercial seal hunt subsidies – move would effectively
28 October 2014 by adintino
The Norwegian government has announced it will consider a move to stop propping up an unnecessary commercial seal hunt Read more »
The Commercial Seal Hunt in Canada: Frequently Asked Questions
20 June 2014 by rbartlett
IFAW's collection of FAQs about the commercial seal hunt in Canada. Read more »
10 June 2014 by 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
3 June 2014 by 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 »
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