The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has caved to pressure from seal hunters and opened the commercial seal hunt early this year, while pups are still nursing. Between March 28 and April 7 2017, sealers will be allowed to hunt adult seals – even though the hunt has always been closed during this time to allow mothers to give birth to their pups and nurse without disruption.
Opening the annual slaughter before pups are weaned means that nursing females will be killed – and that will leave pups to starve to death.
Allowing the slaughter of animals during a critical period for nursing and reproduction is disastrous for conservation. Conservation decisions must be made using science, not based on demands from industry.
Climate change is already threatening harp seals, causing increased pup mortality and reduced reproductive rates. It is irresponsible to remove one of the only protections left for this species.
Tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reverse this decision and leave seal pups to nurse in peace.
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IFAW campaigning for the Universal Declaration for Animal Welfare
It is shocking to consider that even now there is no global, intergovernmental recognition of the importance of animal welfare legislation. IFAW believes this must change, which is why we support the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW). The adoption of this formal declaration at the UN General Assembly would establish animal welfare on the global political agenda.
The declaration process was originally launched by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) in 2000. IFAW is part of the UDAW steering committee and is collaborating with other animal organisations in support of the Declaration.
The Declaration is an important way for governments to express their commitment to protecting animal welfare and is a vital springboard to changes in international and national policies and animal legislation. It would help strengthen enforcement of animal welfare measures and promote humane treatment of animals in every corner of the world.