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2010-03-15 14:33:00

GUELPH, Canada, March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has increased the total allowable catch (TAC) for harp seals in a year when the population is already challenged by a lethal habitat shortage. IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) says the increase is ridiculous and nonsensical, noting that such a high TAC is irrelevant given that few seal pups are expected to survive this year's disastrous ice conditions. "The...

2010-02-23 10:43:00

GUELPH, Ontario, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An almost total absence of ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is sounding alarm bells with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org). According to Environment Canada data, such a severe lack of ice has not been observed in eastern Canada in the past 30 years. IFAW experts are warning that the profound shortage of breeding habitat will have a lethal effect on harp seals. "We are extremely concerned," said Sheryl Fink,...

2009-09-23 14:10:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The FeedRoom, a pioneer in online video communications, and a leader in live video and digital asset management, today announced that its customer The Humane Society of the United States has received a silver award in the Interactive Advertising Bureau's 2009 MIXX Award competition for its powerful "Protect Seals" online video campaign. Winners of the fifth annual, international competition were announced last evening at the IAB MIXX (Marketing and...

2009-07-27 09:02:00

BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council of the European Union today adopted the regulation to ban the trade of all seal products within the EU. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) applauds the adoption as the last step of approval before the implementation of this momentous legislation. The ban is a significant victory in IFAW's 40-year campaign to end Canada's commercial seal hunt. "There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment today...

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2009-07-18 07:35:00

Two European journalists were fined on Friday for filming an annual seal hunt along the coast of the southern African nation, according to their lawyer. Raywood Rukoro, the two journalists' lawyer, said that British investigative journalist Jim Wilckens and South African cameraman Bart Smithers were found guilty of violating the Marine Resources Act by entering a restricted area without permission. Both of the men were released after a $652 fine each, he said, adding that they had...

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2009-07-01 16:35:00

In an attempt to save thousands of baby seals from being killed for their fur, Namibia animal rights activists are trying to raise millions of dollars to buy out a fur company that buys the pelts. The annual seal-harvesting season officially started on Wednesday with a quota of 85,000 pups to be killed.  The hunters club the animals to death on the Namibian coast as part of the hunt. "I got the offer from the Australian-based owner Hatem Yavuz to buy out his company for 14.2 million US...

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2009-06-19 06:50:00

According to Canadian officials, the country's annual seal hunt "” the largest in the world "” has drawn to a close with hunters fulfilling only about a quarter of the maximum quota allowed by the government. Although the government-monitored event permits the commercial killing of more than a quarter of a million seals per year, officials have reported that fishermen in the easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador only brought in approximately 70,000 animals at the close...

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2009-05-27 13:09:07

Canada's governor ate a piece of a raw seal's heart after it was slaughtered during her official Arctic trip to show solidarity with embattled Inuit seal hunters. Many Inuit people gathered for a feast in Rankin Inlet in Nunavut, which was the first stop on Governor General Michaelle Jean's trip this week to different remote northern communities as Canada's head of state and representative of Queen Elizabeth II. Jean stood over the carcass of a freshly slaughtered seal and used a traditional...

2009-05-11 15:40:16

Newfoundland and Labrador's refusal to support Ottawa's trade talks with the European Union nearly derailed negotiations, a diplomatic official said Monday. I have to be perfectly frank with you: The statement by (Premier) Danny Williams when he refused to sign up to the Council of the Federation statement nearly derailed the entire process, Anya Oram, charge d'affaires for the European Commission delegation in Ottawa, told the St. John's (Newfoundland) Telegram Monday. The Council of the...

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2009-05-06 05:35:00

New legislation from the European Parliament will ban the sale of seal products in the 27-nation EU, BBC News reported. Animal welfare groups, which have long argued that the clubbing of seal pups by hunters is barbaric, had been lobbying for the change for years. Some 300,000 seals are killed off Canada's east coast annually in the biggest seal hunt in the world. Anti-hunt campaigners are outraged that some seals are skinned while still conscious. And most hunters typically shoot the seals...


Latest Seal hunting Reference Libraries

Harp Seal
2013-05-01 15:08:34

The harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus), also known as the saddleback seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family. It is native to northern areas of the Atlantic Ocean and to some areas of the Arctic Ocean. Its scientific name means "ice-lover from Greenland,” and it was previously classified within Phoca genus, although studies have shown that it is unique enough to be in a distinct genus. It holds two recognized subspecies, P. groenlandicus groenlandicus and P. groenlandicus oceanicus....

Common Seal
2013-04-30 14:03:57

The common seal (Phoca vitulina), also known as the harbor seal or harbour seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family. It can be found in the northern Pacific, Atlantic, Baltic, and North Seas along the coastlines in these areas. This species holds five recognized subspecies, although the Western Atlantic common seal subspecies is questionably classified. The common seal can reach an average length of up to 6.1 feet and a weight between 120 and 370 pounds. The fur can vary in color from...

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2007-02-13 23:33:00

The Cape fur seal (also known as the South African Fur Seal) and the Australian fur seal are two subspecies of the Arctocephalus pusillus species of fur seal. The Cape fur seal (A. p. pusillus) is found along the coast of Namibia and along the west coast of South Africa. The Australian fur seal (A. p. doriferus) breeds on nine islands in the Bass Strait between Tasmania and Victoria. The Cape fur seal is an inquisitive and friendly animal when in the water and will often accompany SCUBA...

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