International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

April 12, 2015 10:33 ET

Media Advisory: Commercial Seal Hunt Opens Today

International Fund for Animal Welfare available for comment on why the commercial hunt should end

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 12, 2015) - Canada's commercial seal hunt opens once again on the East Coast on Sunday, April 12. Despite receiving tens of millions in public funds and support over four decades, the commercial seal hunt is at one of the lowest points in history. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced an additional $2 million bailout loan for the beleaguered sealing industry, making this the fourth year in a row that the industry has required a loan.

For the last twenty years, government, industry and lobby groups have attempted to develop additional uses for seals, everything from fuel to pepperoni, and they have failed. Canadian government data indicates that - despite a policy of "full utilization" - over 90% of the seal is discarded and the commercial seal hunt is still primarily for fur. Despite the use of tens of millions of dollars in public funds, the commercial seal hunt has been declining since 2006.

A graph comparing landed value and landed catch is available here:

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) is calling on the Government of Canada to stop the waste of tax dollars and to stop the waste of life. IFAW is asking the government to stop providing the commercial sealing industry with taxpayer-funded subsidies and to bring the commercial seal hunt in line with other hunts for wildlife and make it mandatory for the entire animal to be landed.

Sheryl Fink, IFAW's Director of Canadian Wildlife Campaigns, is available for interviews.

About IFAW

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) was established in 1969 and its founding campaign was in opposition to Canada's commercial seal hunt. IFAW has more than 40 years of experience raising awareness, documenting and opposing the cruel commercial hunts for seals in Canada and around the world.

For more information on the campaign visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Contact Information

  • For further information or to schedule interviews with IFAW
    staff, please contact:
    Michelle Cliffe, Communications Officer
    +1 647 986 4329
    Twitter: @MichelleCliffe or @IFAWCanada