The yearly Canadian seal hunt is a cruel and disgusting practice where seals are literally clubbed to death for their fur.
The European Union (EU) banned seal product imports back in 2009, so that cut off a huge market for the seal hunt.
Now that Russia has banned the import of harp seal products, the Canadians only have China left to sell their products to, and their deal with China has been postponed.
Russia ended their seal hunt in 2009, calling it a "bloody industry" and now they've banned imports, a big step.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) played a huge part in getting the ban through.
"IFAW’s campaign efforts have a history of successes in Russia, beginning with our efforts to end the slaughter of whitecoat seal pups by helicopter in the White Sea. Our teams observed and documented the Russian harp seal hunt in the White Sea in 1995 for the first time, and we were the first organization to campaign to end the Russian seal slaughter.
Documentaries of the White Sea hunt were produced and widely shown on Russian television, along with photos and news articles. Thanks to IFAW, the Russian seal hunt could not remain hidden, and this cruel slaughter soon became public knowledge.
The Belarus-Kazakhstan-Russian trade ban is a significant victory that should be celebrated by all concerned with animal welfare and wildlife conservation…The time has come to acknowledge that the world does not want, nor need, cruel seal products. It is time to stop commercial seal hunting once and for all."
So hopefully this will lead to an end in the Canadian seal hunt, now that their buyers are leaving them.
C'mon Canada, get with the program!
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