Sheryl Fink
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Sheryl Fink is the Director of IFAW's Seals Program. She has been working with IFAW’s seal campaign since 1998 and has witnessed and documented Canada's commercial seal hunt first-hand for 10 years, each year wishing that this seal hunt will be the last.

IFAW boilerplate: IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) was established in 1969 and its founding campaign was in opposition to Canada’s commercial seal hunt. IFAW has more than 40 years of experience raising awareness, documenting and opposing the cruel commercial hunts for seals in Canada and around the world. For more information on IFAW’s seal campaign, visit our website, blog, and follow us on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook or to take action to protect seals visit IFAW’s action centre.

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The Canadian Government Is Failing Endangered Species

(8) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 8:51 AM

In the past two weeks, the government of Canada has come under fire several times over its complete lack of effort when it comes to the protection of endangered species. The gap between what Canada says -- and what it actually does -- for conservation continues to widen, and it...

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Anthony Bourdain Should Eat Crow Over His Seal Hunt Comments

(8) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 3:46 PM

Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain had Twitter all a-flutter when he came out smacking his lips in support of the seal hunt. As so often happens when celebrities wade into unfamiliar issues, his tweets display a gross lack of understanding of Canada, its geography, its people, and its wildlife....

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"Polar Bears Could Face Extinction Within Our Lifetime"

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Things are starting to heat up for polar bears, in more ways than one. The United States, backed by the Russian Federation, has put forward what's turned out to be a controversial proposal to give polar bears greater protection by listing them on Appendix I of the Convention on International...

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The Senate's Seal Experiment Is Doomed

(7) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 2:52 PM

The Canadian Senate, our Senate, has just released its report on the "management" of grey seal populations on Canada's East Coast and recommends spending millions in taxpayer dollars on an "experiment" that is so incredibly flawed that, whatever the result, it will be entirely unreliable.

Without going...

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Bad Call on the Seal Cull, Senators

(7) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 3:44 PM

In October 2011, the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans was asked to undertake a study on the Management of Grey Seals in Atlantic Canada. A large part of what the Senate Committee is looking at is culling tens of thousands of grey seals, in addition to the currently...

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Rae to Maher on Seal Hunt: Blubber, Blubber, Blunder

(7) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 4:20 PM

Bill Maher wrote to interim Liberal leader Bob Rae expecting the Liberals to do better than the Conservatives in their blind support of Canada's commercial seal hunt. Sadly, the response was typical of what's usually seen from politicians: excuses and sad attempts to deflect from the issues at hand.

The...

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Harp Seals on Thin Ice

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 5:47 PM

In recent years, the IFAW Seal Team has witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of climate change on harp seal pups in eastern Canada, including dead seals on beaches, abandoned starving pups found on shore and whitecoat seals crushed to death in ice before they are strong enough to...

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Seal Hunt Has Repercussions for Canadians and the Economy

(74) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 8:46 AM

When cruelty is normal, protecting trade bans and fighting for seals is crucial

As the 2011 commercial seal hunt winds down in Canada, the issue is once again heating up in Europe. To add fuel to the fire, IFAW is releasing disturbing new video evidence proving that Canada's...

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