Anti-seal hunt group to stay off ice this year

For the first time in almost 20 years, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) won’t be sending a team of observers out on the Atlantic sea ice during the spring seal hunt. Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield declined an interview request and his office did not address specific questions about the IFAW’s decision to skip this year’s hunt.Instead, after several hours, Ashfield’s office said in an email that the government “supports the sustainable and well-managed seal harvest, which continues to be an economic and cultural activity in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the Arctic.” continue reading

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