IFAW comments on Proposed Amendments to Marine Mammal Regulations

IFAW comments on Proposed Amendments to Marine Mammal Regulations

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) would like to thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed Amendments to Sections 2, 28 and 29 of the Marine Mammal Regulations. IFAW remains opposed to Canada's commercial seal hunt, and our comments should not be interpreted as indicating otherwise. As an animal welfare organization with almost 40 years of experience with Canada's commercial seal hunt, IFAW considers this hunt to be inherently inhumane and we remain unconvinced that any changes to the Regulations will adequately address our concerns about humane killing practices. That being said, as long as seals continue to be killed in Canada's commercial seal hunt, it is our opinion that the current Marine Mammal Regulations (MMR) are inadequate to ensure humane killing and require improvement.

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Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Beth Allgood, US Country Director
US Country Director
Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
Senior Advisor, Policy Development
Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Regional Director, Russia & CIS
Regional Director, Russia & CIS
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
Jason Bell, Vice President for International Operations
Vice President for International Operations
Jeffrey Flocken, Regional Director, North America
Regional Director, North America
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Marine Conservation
Peter LaFontaine, Campaigns Manager, IFAW Washington, D.C.
Campaigns Manager, IFAW Washington, D.C.
Sonja Van Tichelen, Vice President of International Operations
Vice President of International Operations
Tania McCrea-Steele, Global Wildlife Cybercrime Project Lead, IFAW UK
Global Wildlife Cybercrime Project Lead, IFAW UK