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Victory for baby seals in Russia!

Victory for baby seals in Russia!

The global campaign to end brutal hunting of baby seals is working. Just today, Russia announced a complete ban on all hunting of harp seals less than one year of age, reports IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare).

“The bloody seal slaughter, the killing of the defenseless animals, which can’t be even called a ‘hunt,’ is now prohibited in Russia as it is in most developed countries,” said Yuri Trutnev, Russia’s Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology. “It is a serious step towards the conservation of biodiversity in Russia.”

This historic end to Russia’s harp seal hunt is a victory for activists and organizations like IFAW who have worked so hard to end commercial seal hunts all over the world.

And with the European Parliament’s consideration of an EU-wide ban on seal products coming next month, pressure is growing on Canada to ban its commercial seal hunt for good. You can take action here to call on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt now.

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3:54AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

ALL KILLING OF SEALS NO MATTER WHAT AGE THEY ARE SHOULD BE BANNED IN EVERY COUNTRY ! I JUST HOPE & PRAY RUSSIA MEANS THIS & WILL CONTINUE TO SET A HUMANE STANDARD FOR EVERYONE TO FOLLOW ...

11:22PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

I'm very happy to hear that Russia has now banned the hunting of baby harp seals. And I'm hoping that an EU-wide ban on all seal products will pass soon.

As Yuri Trutnev said "the bloody seal slaughter, the killing of the defenseless animals, which can’t be even called a ‘hunt,’ is now prohibited in Russia as it is in most developed countries," so if Canada doesn't ban its commercial seal hunt what does that say about Canada- that it's not a developed country? I certainly wouldn't think Canada would want to be labeled an undeveloped Country as far as lacking morality in their treament of wildlife but if they don't finally stop these seal hunts, it looks as if the label which Mr. Trutnev has used will certainly apply.

11:44AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Thank you Russia and the seals thank you as well.

7:44AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Canada's gov has the responsibility to listen to her people!! It's up to ALL Canadians to speak out against this disgusting hunt! If your people are silent the killing continues unless the world speaks out and acts against the Canadian economy. Sorry if you can't energize your fellow citizens but that's how it works.

7:49PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Thank you Russia !!!!!!

11:11AM PST on Jan 31, 2011

I am really so sick of veryone bashing all Canadians

Do you not realize Canada is a lot bigger country than the US, land wise.

Most of us Canadians live thousands of miles away from where they do the seal hunt in the north where th Harp seal is.

I am not condonning the hunt at all but I really hate taking the blame from something we have no part in and many 1000;s of miles away from the north where this hunt takes place

9:35AM PDT on Mar 29, 2009

"Russia announced a complete ban on all hunting of harp seals less than one year of age" - What happens to seals that reach the age of one and older? Do I understand correctly that their killing is postponed to when they grow older? Praying to be wrong.

11:07AM PDT on Mar 28, 2009

All I can say is that 1% of the people who took the poll must either be brain dead or hopelessly stupid . I just wish the seals could fight back .

2:34PM PDT on Mar 23, 2009

That's great our country atood 4 this ban. But there's 2 much greed, harsh and lazy men in Russia. They would better kill animal chuldren than go 2 work. I don't beleive officials will really manage with this problem

5:56AM PDT on Mar 23, 2009

Civilised people all over the world, great thanks to you! Let's continue our actions to stop seals hunting forever.

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