Zoozaschitniki aim to achieve a ban on Canadian seal hunt

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) counts for three years "persuade" the Canadian authorities to ban the production of harp seals, told RIA Novosti the head of programs for the conservation of seals Sheryl Fink, IFAW (Sheryl Fink) on the eve of the day of wild animals.

According to Canadian researchers, in 2008, the population of seals in the northwest Atlantic was 8.3 million individuals in 2012, their number was reduced to 7.7 million. However, as the researchers point out, the melting of Arctic ice are complicated by the seal hunt.

According to IFAW, keep the number of harp seals is possible only if all the countries that are home to these pinnipeds mammals, fishing ban. In 2009, Russia imposed a ban on the production of seals, and in 2011 a ban on the trade of seal products entered the EU. Canada still maintains commercial seal hunting, which undermines the efforts of other countries to conserve these animals.

"Fishing for harp seals is uneconomical, but he remains a Canadian tradition that politicians did not dare to break. I hope that in the next three years, the defenders of the animal will be able to force the government to ban commercial fishing. This will give a chance to survive, not only seals, but also to keep all Arctic ecosystems exposed to considerable stress due to global warming, "- said Cheryl.

She also noted that the current Canadian fishing companies need to start massive hunt seals that Thou would eat fish and fishermen catches are declining.

"With the support of IFAW conducted a scientific study that proved that the reduction of cod in Canadian waters due to overfishing, not seals. We hope that we can get this information to the politicians who make the decision," — added Cheryl.

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