International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

September 26, 2011 15:14 ET

Media Advisory/Grey Seal Cull: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Group of Scientists Speak Out

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2011) - The International Fund for Animal Welfare's Science Advisor, Dr David Lavigne, and five other marine scientists have sent an open letter to Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans condemning a report by the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council (FRCC) which calls for a massive cull of grey seals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The open letter was sent to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, on September 26, 2011. In the letter, the scientists describe the Department of Fisheries and Oceans workshop, which informed the FRCC report, as biased and also state that there is no scientific evidence to support a grey seal cull. The scientists recommend that the Minister reject the FRCC recommendation to cull grey seals, and also suggest that a review be done by independent scientists.

A copy of the open letter to The Hon. Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada is available at the following address:

Contact Information

  • Michelle Cliffe
    IFAW Global Communications Lead, Seals
    +1 647 986 4329
    Twitter: @IFAWCanada @MichelleCliffe