Posts Tagged ‘seal hunt’


February 23, 2011

It’s that time of year again.  Europe and the Bridget Bardots of this world are getting ready to denounce Canada’s seal hunt.

Meanwhile the Harper government is fighting back.  Canada has launched a challenge at the World Trade Organization against the European  Union ban on seal products.

The big knock on he seal hunt is the image of a big pair of eyes staring up as a club comes crashing  down.  The reality is that crushing the skull is a quick and humane way to kill.

Many years ago I was part of a media brigade at the behest of the government of Newfoundland to convince Americans that the seal hunt was humane.

I believed that then and I believe it now.  Those shedding tears for baby seals are way off base.

There is now research going on about whether it is better to shoot the seals.

If we abolished the seal hunt, hundred of fishermen would be out of a job.

And if we abolished the hunt would not seals still have to be killed to cull the herd?

Should Canada abolish the sea hunt?

What do you think?


March 27, 2009

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?