All Press Releases for Seals

DFO Opens Commercial Seal Hunt Early, Removes Limited Protection for Mothers and
28 March 2017
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is disappointed that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will be opening the commercial seal hunt early this year, allowing sealers to hunt while harp seal pups are still nursing. Traditionally, the annu Read more »
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 »
Discovery Channel premieres Huntwatch – the story behind Canada’s controversial
17 August 2016
Discovery Channel acquired worldwide television rights to the feature documentary Huntwatch narrated by actor Ryan Reynolds and produced by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). The film, which follows the 50 year history of Canada’ Read more »
Entangled seal rescued using remote sedation
2 August 2016
Last week marked the first successful seal rescue using remote sedation on the East Coast of the U.S.  Biologists and veterinarians from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and The Marine Mammal Center (the Center) employed techniqu Read more »
Ryan Reynolds narrates wildlife documentary Huntwatch premiering at DOC NYC
26 October 2015
Vancouver born actor Ryan Reynolds lent his voice to the wildlife documentary Huntwatch that follows the 50 year battle for baby seals on the ice floes of Canada. The 90 minute feature film will make its world premiere at DOC NYC on Saturday, Novembe 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 »