Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

I get asked a lot about why IFAW travels to the ice each year to document the commercial seal hunt. Many people believe the commercial hunting of seals is justifiable – even desirable - and question why we even bother. But after 11 years of bearing witness to the slaughter with my own eyes, I cannot recall a single year in which we’ve not seen terrible suffering, callous waste and needless harm.

2012 was a tough year, not because we saw a tremendous amount of killing, but because we knew the killing was happening and we just did not have the resources to reach it. The range of our helicopters simply could not get us to the areas where, at last count, more than 30,000 seals have been killed. On the few boats we did see, we documented seals shot and suffering, before being clubbed and skinned. Even worse was the knowledge that this year, the government is funding the slaughter so that skins can be put into stockpile – “to address market demands as they arise”.

We have reached a critical point in history where there are few markets remaining for seal products, and given the trivial nature of luxury seal products, it seems unlikely that this demand will increase any time soon. The sealing industry appears to be dying – and with only 225 fishermen taking part last year, there is no better time to bring this chapter of Canadian history to a close.

I encourage you to watch the video, share it with others, and speak out against the commercial seal hunt. If we stand together, we can – and will - make the seal hunt history.

--SF

Comments: 2

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Sheryl, I am following /reading everything about 2012 hunt and am utterly disgusted and angered
by it all, especially about the stockpiling that I first heard about this year,
Thank-you for your videos and articles, I need to bear witness in my own way even
though I can't be there, I grieve for all the seals who've died present/past
and pray that this will be the last one, I hope to do another protest very soon
to get more people onboard with the seafood boycott, Emily Stuparyk, Wpg,MB

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Canadian Government is now selling seal meat to China!

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