Very Few Seals in the Southern Gulf

White_coat_1 After scanning the southern section of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, very few harp seals have been spotted.  Of the few that have been seen, there is growing concern that the ice in this region is not big enough to support the weight and space needed for the young white coats to nurse...and so many may wind up abandoned by their mothers and ultimately may die.

The issues surrounding both the reasons why this year's ice is so poor and the politics of the upcoming decision by the Canadian government to continue to hunt this depreciating population of marine mammals are coming to a head. 

IFAW's team of researchers, field personnel and communications staff is currently preparing to make sure when the time comes, that these defenseless creatures will have a voice in Canada, the EU and the world at large.

Stay tuned for ongoing campaign updates from our team members and please donate or take action today and send a message to the Canadian government that sealing is a cruel and unnecessary practice and should be stopped right now!

Comments: 1

11 years ago

I was not surprised to read Robbie Marsland's recent communication that pup mortality this year could be up to 100% due not entirely to the hunt, but to pups drowning due to lack of firm ice. The thought had already occurred to me years ago that Mother Nature may fight back in this very way and that gradually the seals will stop birthing. The barbaric hunters will not be satisfied until they've obliterated every last seal. The seals will finally be at peace. But then the hunters will just find something else to exterminate. If only the barbaric hunters would turn their ice-piks on each other. Job done! Good riddance!

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