IFAW Condemns Demand to Reopen Whitecoat Hunt

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Fri, 04/25/2014
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Seal hunters from the Magdalen Islands, Quebec, are asking that the nearly 30-year old ban on the commercial hunting of whitecoat harp seals (nursing pups) be lifted.

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Toronto, Canada
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Res Krebs, IFAW Canada
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Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

Thu, 04/19/2012
Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

 

I get asked a lot about why IFAW travels to the ice each year to document the commercial seal hunt. Many people believe the commercial hunting of seals is justifiable – even desirable - and question why we even bother. But after 11 years of bearing witness to the slaughter with my own eyes, I cannot recall a single year in which we’ve not seen terrible suffering, callous waste and needless harm.

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Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

Thu, 04/19/2012
Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

 

I get asked a lot about why IFAW travels to the ice each year to document the commercial seal hunt. Many people believe the commercial hunting of seals is justifiable – even desirable - and question why we even bother. But after 11 years of bearing witness to the slaughter with my own eyes, I cannot recall a single year in which we’ve not seen terrible suffering, callous waste and needless harm.

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Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

Thu, 04/19/2012
Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

 

I get asked a lot about why IFAW travels to the ice each year to document the commercial seal hunt. Many people believe the commercial hunting of seals is justifiable – even desirable - and question why we even bother. But after 11 years of bearing witness to the slaughter with my own eyes, I cannot recall a single year in which we’ve not seen terrible suffering, callous waste and needless harm.

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Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

Thu, 04/19/2012
Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

 

I get asked a lot about why IFAW travels to the ice each year to document the commercial seal hunt. Many people believe the commercial hunting of seals is justifiable – even desirable - and question why we even bother. But after 11 years of bearing witness to the slaughter with my own eyes, I cannot recall a single year in which we’ve not seen terrible suffering, callous waste and needless harm.

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Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

Thu, 04/19/2012
Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

I get asked a lot about why IFAW travels to the ice each year to document the commercial seal hunt. Many people believe the commercial hunting of seals is justifiable – even desirable - and question why we even bother. But after 11 years of bearing witness to the slaughter with my own eyes, I cannot recall a single year in which we’ve not seen terrible suffering, callous waste and needless harm.

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Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

Thu, 04/19/2012
Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

I get asked a lot why IFAW travels to the ice each year to document the commercial seal hunt. Many people believe the commercial hunting of seals is justifiable--even desirable--and question why we even bother. But after 11 years of bearing witness to the slaughter, I cannot recall a single year in which we’ve not seen terrible suffering, callous waste and needless harm.

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VIDEO: Slow start to Canadian seal hunt as sealers stay home

Fri, 04/13/2012
VIDEO: Slow start to Canadian seal hunt as sealers stay home

There is nothing more frustrating than being prepared to document the commercial seal hunt and being kept down by one thing we have absolutely no control over – weather. 

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Northern Gulf seal hunt opens with a fizzle

Wed, 04/11/2012
Northern Gulf seal hunt opens with a fizzle

And so it begins…day one of the Canadian commercial seal hunt in the Northern Gulf of St Lawrence

The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s seal team is in Newfoundland, Canada to observe and document the commercial seal hunt.