International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

September 22, 2005 14:23 ET

British Columbia leads Canadian opposition to seal hunt

69% across country oppose commercial slaughter Attention: Environment Editor, News Editor, Science Editor VICTORIA, BC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 22, 2005) - With only some six months remaining before Canadians go to the polls a 1,000-person national survey conducted by Environics Research for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) shows that 69 per cent of Canadians holding an opinion are opposed to Canada's commercial seal hunt. British Columbia led the opposition with some 81 per cent opposed to the hunt.

"When it comes to the commercial seal hunt, this poll shows that opposition literally starts on the shores of the Pacific and extends across the country," said IFAW Canada's Director, Olivier Bonnet.

Opposition to specific aspects of the seal hunt was even higher with some 77 per cent of voters who stated an opinion calling for a ban on the killing of seals under three months of age and 78 per cent opposed to government subsidies for the hunt. Seventy-eight per cent felt that killing seals by clubbing them is inherently cruel. In BC, every single practice was opposed by over 80 per cent of residents stating an opinion

Only 4 per cent of respondents across the country stated that they would be very upset if the hunt were ended.

Patrick Ramage, IFAW's international Director of Communications observed, "It's high time the Canadian government admitted that British Columbians, like most Canadians, have no real interest in seeing their tax dollars go to support the clubbing of seal pups."

The survey, conducted between July 7 - 18, 2005, is considered accurate to within 3.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
/For further information:
Rob Sinclair is available for interviews today./ IN: ENVIRONMENT

Contact Information

  • Rob Sinclair, Campaigner, International Fund for Animal Welfare
    Primary Phone: 416-890-5616