We’ve made tremendous progress in protecting seals from hunters, documenting the brutality of the Canadian seal hunt and persuading many fashion brands and retailers to cease use of their fur and move toward humane alternatives. But the animals are still targeted, and many species are also threatened by habitat loss and the decline in polar ice where they’ve traditionally lived.
After leaving water to warm up, seals move around on land or ice using their flippers; their classification (pinnipeds) means “fin-feet.”
Seal milk contains lots and lots of fat, which is why their roly-poly babies can put on multiple pounds a day while they’re nursing.
Each year, the Canadian government authorizes commercial sealers from Atlantic Canada to kill hundreds of thousands of baby seals. Almost all the seals killed are pups under three months old. The world wants the commercial seal slaughter to end.