Canada’s seal hunt — the largest in the world – began this week. The allowable catch is 280,000 harp seals from a herd of 5.5 million.
Some observers say the days of the hunt are numbered because internati0nal opposition to the killing of seals is growing. The European Union has branded the hunting of seals as “inherently inhumane” and has introduced a bill that would ban the import of seal products to the 27-member union.
Naturally the French actress, Brigitte Bardot, has again weighed in: “They strike these little animals. They can’t escape. There is nowhere to hide. You know, it’s disgusting. I’ve seen it, and it really makes you sick.”
Sealing is a significant source of income in many small, isolated communities throughout Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the North.
If there were not a managed seal hunt, how would the herds be culled?
Bloggers are onto the case:
Paul writes: “How can it be called a seal ‘hunt’ when baby seals are bludgeoned to death with a stick? This is a brutal ‘kill’ for the sake of a fur coat that fewer and fewer people want.”
Hans: “This is not a brutal ‘kill’. You should check out a slaughter house where cows, pigs etc. are processed. You will never eat a hot dog again.”
NB: “Canada is very arrogant. These pelts will not sell for more than a buck because nobody wants them. We are right up there with China as far as the way we brutalize animals. Shame!”
Should the seal hunt be stopped?
What do you think?