IFAW Seal Hunt Diary - 4.2.07 - Hunt Video
In the video above, Senior Researcher Sheryl Fink talks about the opening day of the Canadian seal hunt.
Katie McConnell posts her thoughts below:
Today, the 2007 Canadian commercial seal hunt started. The IFAW team traveled by plane and helicopter to areas in and around the Gulf of St. Lawrence and observed a single sealing vessel as it began hunting seals for the first time this year. As expected, sealers were shooting at seals on small ice pans from their boat. What we saw today was indicative of hunting in poor ice conditions. We saw a lot of long-distance hunting – sealers with rifles propped up on the bow of their boat, firing at a seal on slushy ice.
As earlier reports indicate, there has been a significant lack of ice in and around the southern part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence this year. In normal years, it is common to find a large concentration of seal pups in a single location, however this year is the exception. The sealing vessel we observed this morning had to search out small pans of ice where one or two seals were located. In some cases, a smaller boat was deployed to the particular pan where the seal was hooked and dragged onto the boat. Please help IFAW to end this cruel hunt by visiting www.stopthesealhunt.org to take action today.