One of the missions of HSUS is to end seal hunting and the fur trade in Canada and elsewhere. For the past decade, HSUS has made strides in reducing the use of seal products for commercial purposes, with the goal of eliminating the market entirely.
Several countries and areas, including Russia, Belarus, Taiwan, the European Union, and the United States have placed bans on the seal trade for commercial use, resulting in decreased prices for Canadian seal fur. Because of these international efforts, more than 2 million seals have been spared from slaughter since 2008. In fact, 2014’s seal kill was the lowest on record due to the trade bans. The HSUS also encourages boycotting some or all Canadian seafood until the practice of seal hunting is eliminated.