Commission a detailed scientific report on the environmental threats facing seals and the potential impact on seal populations worldwide.
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Like all marine mammals and other wildlife today, seals face a variety of escalating threats to their survival. Just recently, the Caribbean monk seal was declared officially extinct. This species was intensively hunted and represents the first seal species to be exterminated by human activity. Sadly, both Hawaiian and Mediterranean monk seals are also under serious threat from loss of habitat caused by the expanding tourism industry, pollution, persecution by fishermen and climate change. Meanwhile harp, hooded and Weddell seals are also threatened as global warming is reducing the ice habitat they require to give birth and nurse their pups. Elsewhere, climate change is causing sea levels to rise, eroding beaches. UK species such as grey and common seals must breed above the high-tide mark and narrowing beaches and increasing storms put seal pups at risk of being washed away and drowned. The Seal Protection Actrion Group (SPAG) would like to commission a detailed scientific report on the environmental threats facing seals and the potential impact on seal populations worldwide. This research will help our campaign to stop the deliberate killing of seals for their fur and other body parts, and the mass culling of seals to allegedly protect fisheries that are in fact declining through climate change and human over-fishing, and not predation by seals. Project cost: Environmental threats report ¬£6,000 Printing ¬£3,000 Distribution ¬£1,500 Total ¬£10,500
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