Seal doc Huntwatch premieres on television on Discovery Channel next month

This year the Discovery Channel began airing a series of trailblazing documentaries on humanity’s impact on the environment and what we can do to solve related global problems via the Discovery Impact banner. I couldn’t think of a more fitting home for IFAW’s flagship feature documentary, Huntwatch, to make its global television premiere.  

Narrated by Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, the film follows the 50-year history of our founding campaign to end Canada’s commercial hunt for baby seals. As one of the film’s executive producers, I couldn’t be more proud to bring this documentary to Discovery’s vast US and international audiences so that they can see the hunt, look at both sides of the issue and decide for themselves if this should still be happening.

Canada’s commercial harp seal hunt would be over without the federal subsidies that keep it going. The new appointment of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brings true optimism and a fresh outlook for the country. Progressive steps are being taken on other important issues and there’s hope for a new generation of politics.

This documentary is a rallying cry for all those who oppose cruelty and want this hunt to end once and for all. Surely it is time for the government to support alternative industries to non-indigenous seal hunting on the East Coast of Canada.

Huntwatch is in great company with the cadre of 2016 Discovery’s non-fiction films, including Racing Extinction, Sonic Sea (an IFAW collaboration with NRDC) and Killing the Colorado, all of which encourage us to take a hard look at our choices and the lasting impact we are having on animals and the environment.

The television premiere will follow a limited theatrical release in New York and California by Discovery and Lionsgate and Huntwatch will also be distributed by Lionsgate on home entertainment worldwide.

Make sure to watch the Discovery Channel at 10 pm on Thursday, September 22, to see the television premiere of this award-winning film and take action here. Stay tuned for global debut details later this year.



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