March 15th is the International Day of Action for Seals. The International Day of Action for Seals is a worldwide protest against the Canadian seal hunt, which takes place in late March/early April.
What is the seal hunt?
The Canadian seal hunt, according to the Humane Society, is the largest annual commercial hunt of marine mammals conducted anywhere on the planet.
Harp seals are the primary targets. Most of the harp seals killed are pups under three months of age.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of seals are killed. In 2005 alone, 317,672 kills were reported. Note, however, that this number does not include the abandoned or escaped seals that later died of their wounds.