IFAW's Senior Researcher Sheryl Fink talks about IFAW's short term goals for the Canadian seal hunt.
Thanks for the comments guys. Bill, this hunt is not sustainable. The Canadian government's own scientists estimate the replacement yeild to be 165,000 harp seals. Any total allowable catch set above that number will reduce the population. The 270,000+ seals that will die this year will have an effect on the herd's population in the years to come.
Hey Bill, you and the hunters don't have a clue. Wouldn't it make more sense to slaughter an adult seal than a pup? More "renewable resource" for the buck, I'd say. Nobody's watching Disney here, we're watching real life butchering. What other people do in their country DOES effect the rest of the world. This is a cruel, senseless practice that should have been stopped years ago. What are those hunters going to do in the very near future when there are no more seals to hunt, as a result of their killing. I have a right to say whether or not I want my children to be able to actually "see" a seal in their lifetime. What's next after the seal's are gone, dog and cats? At the very least, let those poor creatures mature, if they can get that far with global warming effecting their habitat. I'd much rather wear a "petro chemical" jacket, then the skin of some poor defenseless, almost extinct animal. I couldn't live with myself knowing I helped contribute to their extinction.
I believe that people in eastern Canada have a right to make a living by harvesting a sustainable number of Seals. I much rather wear a renewable resource than to keep on using petro chemicals to cloth myself. Get real. Stop watching Disney Films. They aren't about the real natural world.
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