Harp seals -- the species targeted in the Canadian hunt -- have been declining in the Arctic for years, due to hunting, overfishing and climate change. As the ice melts earlier in the year each year, seal pups are sometimes deposited into the water too soon, and die because they aren't yet strong enough to swim. And with a yearly government-set quota of 400,000 seals (the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world), the combination of hunting and climate change could spell disaster for the species.
To find out more about the annual seal hunt and sign a petition calling for it to end, see this page.
Despite bans on the trade of seal products in many countries, Canada's commercial seal massacre -- the largest marine mammal hunt in the world -- still goes on each year. The hunt is inhumane and wasteful -- much of the demand is for luxury fur items, and most of the meat is thrown away. Join us in pledging never to buy seal products to help put an end to the deadly hunt once and for all.