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.