These Seals Need Your Help

In early March the ice floes of Eastern Canada are a breathtaking vision: an endless sea and sky filled with white as far as the eye can see. In one of nature’s most beautiful spectacles, hundreds of thousands of baby harp seals call out to their mothers, alone on the ice for the first time.

But then the sealing ships arrive. What was once a scene of peace and innocence becomes a makeshift factory of terror and cruelty as the ice is covered in blood. These helpless baby seals, some as young as two weeks old, are clubbed or shot to death for their fur. Many will even be skinned alive or die trapped under the ice after being injured.

I desperately need your help right now to stop this inhumane slaughter.

IFAW hunt monitors risk their lives each year by taking to the ice to film the hunt, documenting the cruelty and sharing the truth about the seal hunt with the rest of the world. But this year Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is trying to make it nearly impossible to document the hunt by increasing the distance legal hunt observers must remain from sealers from 10 to 20 meters.

The government would rather turn a blind eye than let the world see firsthand the many documented cases of clubbed and wounded seals being left to suffer.

Your financial gift makes a huge difference to these seals

Not only will your contribution help keep IFAW on the ice to monitor the hunt, it will also:

  • Enable IFAW to continue its lobbying efforts to European countries in an effort to ban the import of all seal products, a critical step to ending the hunt that has already seen enormous success with the passing of the recent Belgian ban.
  • Give IFAW scientists the ability to continue vital research on everything from assessing seal populations and the government’s management approach, to the effects of global warming on seal birthing grounds and the seals themselves.
  • Pay for the production and placement of new Public Service Announcements alerting the world to new threats seals face from global warming, which is destroying the ice that harp and hooded seals require for breeding and nursing habitat.

In just a few weeks IFAW will once again be on the front lines of Canada’s commercial seal hunt, exposing the ugly truth to the rest of the world. But I need your help today to fund this urgent effort.

The majority of Canadians are opposed to the hunting of seal pups under any circumstances. Together, we can help make their wishes come true.


Fred O’Regan
President and CEO

Instead of restricting observation of the seal hunt, the Canadian government should work to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt, which is inhumane, unsustainable and unethical. Please give what you can now before this year’s seal hunt gets underway.

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