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It has been illegal to hunt baby seals (also known as whitecoats and bluebacks) in Canada (the largest producers of sealskins and meat) since 1985.  Over 90% of seals are hunted by trained huntsman using rifles, and seals are hunted to strict quotas set by conservationists according to population levels.  The annual seal hunt is independently monitored.  The International Fur Federation supports efforts to create international hunting standards for all seals hunted for any reason including those hunted to preserve fish stocks, not just those traded commercially.