Russia bans harp seal trade. Next stop, Canada!

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Another victory for humankind, another victory for humanity, another victory for the animal rights workers who have fought tirelessly to help end the horrific and barbaric onslaught against the harp seal. As Russia received ninety per cent of Canada’s seal skins, this is also a huge blow to those murderers who make a living clubbing seals to death.

The news was broken today by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) whose President Fred O’Regan welcomes the news stating that there is a wonderful holiday gift for the harp seals: Russia has banned the import and export of harp seal skins and adding: “This is a huge victory as the Canadian Government estimates that Russia receives 90% of Canada’s exports of seal skins”.

The aim is to see an end to Canada’s barbaric seal hunt, in which baby seals are clubbed to death for their pelts, skinned alive and thrown to the snow in what must be one of the most cold-blooded expressions of cruelty and callousness this planet has witnessed. And it goes ahead year after year after year.

Now with the Russian ban, there will be far less scope for the export and commercialisation of these skins, applying more pressure upon Canada to find some other way to entertain its menfolk and to do business.

Sheryl Fink, IFAW’s Seal Programme Director (*), writes in her report that the banning of harp seal products by the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the Russian Federation is “the biggest victory in the campaign to end commercial sealing since the European Union (EU) banned non-Inuit seal products”.

In 2009, Vladimir Putin criticised this “bloodthirsty industry” and Russia ended its annual seal hunt in the White Sea, the culmination of tireless work by animal rights activists who sent a petition with 400,000 signatures to the Kremlin and demonstrations by Russian animal rights activists. The Russian government listened, and took action. Vladimir Putin said this practice “should have been stopped years ago” and the Minister of Natural Resources, Yuri Trutnev, declared that “The bloody seal slaughter, the killing of the defenceless animals, which can’t be even called a ‘hunt,’ is now prohibited in Russia as it is in most developed countries. It is a serious step towards the conservation of biodiversity in Russia.”

Russia did it. Now all eyes are on Canada, whose macho men get off on slaughtering defenceless animals in the most shocking acts of barbaric cruelty.

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Sheryl Fink’s timeline, outlining the success of IFAW’s seal campaign:

Timeline of shrinking markets

1972 US Congress passes Marine Mammal Protection Act, which bans the importation of seal products.

1983 IFAW helps win crucial ban in Europe on importation of “whitecoat” harp seal and blueback hooded seal products.

1987 Canadian Government bans commercial hunting of whitecoats and bluebacks in Canadian waters.

1990 With IFAW’s involvement, South Africa ends the hunt for Cape fur seals.

2006 Mexico bans the import and export of marine mammals, including seals.

2007 IFAW campaigns result in Belgium and the Netherlands adopting national bans on the import of seal products.

2009 Russia bans the killing of harp seal pups under 12 months of age.

2009 European Union bans the import of all seal products, with an exemption for Inuit-derived skins.

2010 IFAW continues its fight to protect the EU ban, and continues to expose the cruelty of commercial hunts to governments around the world.

2011 Deal between Canada and China to allow export of seal meat products postponed

2011 Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the Russian Federation ban the import and export fur skins of harp seals and their whitecoat pups

*IFAW’s Seal Programme Director, Sheryl has observed the commercial seal hunt in Canada for 10 years, documenting the commercial seal hunt and providing ongoing ev

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey


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2 Responses to "Russia bans harp seal trade. Next stop, Canada!"

  1. Sgaaga gaahlindaay  February 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    This is a widely misconstrued story….they are not just “clubbing them to death” it is a device with a spike and it is more humane than all of the ways they slaughter farmed animals. For the people using this “club” it is a means of survival too, in emergency situations it is used to get out of crevices in the ice, fish spike, and other methods to assist in surviving the harsh climatw Also you have to realize that we are PROTECTING every species that is “cute” and ABOVE a majority of the food chain… To all you ppl that are making judgements about this trade and have nothing to do with it should just stay out of it COMPLETELY!. Sure they are cute when they are pups, so are cows, chicks, piglets, etc… And how do they get killed? Head chopped off, throat being slit and choking on their OWN blood… The arrogance of you people trying to make it out as these people are horrendous is making you look like “door knobs”… Their is a much bigger view that you are failing to see… The average seal eats 25-45kg of fish EACH day to sustain living times that by a “small rookery” of 400 seals 5-9 TONS!!! Of smaller fish such as herring, salmon, octopus, flounder, halibut, and the list goes on. This is ALSO about PROTECTING what marine life we do have!!! They (seals) are not on the endangered list as they make it out to be, as the Department of Fisheries goes out and does their count of seals during the wrong part of the year where the animals are out in the ocean hunting. When we go out and do a count of seals we count on average 8 times the population the Department of Fisheries has recorded. All I ask is if YOU Know your facts and TRULY open your eyes to what is going on before you dare call down this traditional way of harvesting seals.

  2. Ken Robichaud  March 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I tottaly agree…I’m from atlantic Canada where the seal hunt happens and this year they finaly opened the hunt for individuals…So I’m going seal hunting this year with a riffle and i plan on eating it and saving the skin for some nice mukluks and I plan on thanking the creator for it’s gift to me.As for commercial hunting you guy’s seem to think we skin them alive!!??!?!??!?!?WTF…Why the hell would you skin a seal alive when it’s skull is so easy to crush and skinning it alive would make for a harder job!!???!?!?!?You would have to be sadisticaly motivated or some twisted shit…There is an epidemic of grey seals in the golf of st-laurence…the population quadrupled in 10 years.They eat E V E R Y T H I N G…


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