Seal Vessels Stuck in the Ice
Reports are out that sealing vessels are stranded in heavy ice and strong winds on Newfoundland’s northeast coast and in southern Labrador. The Canadian coastguard is using icebreakers to try to free boats stuck between Cape Bauld and Cape Bonavista. There are also boats stranded in the Strait of Belle Isle.
IFAW is concerned for the safety of the sealers and we hope that they will all return home safely. With unpredictable weather and ice conditions sealing is a dangerous occupation and the unpredictable conditions are one of the reasons the hunt is so cruel—getting a clean kill in these conditions is not easy.
With indirect subsidies provided by the Canadian Government in the form of Coastguard icebreakers and promotional delegations trying to prop up an unsustainable industry—it is clearly time for the hunt to end.
The Canadian Government should instead invest in alternative, safe and sustainable employment opportunities for those who subsidise their incomes by sealing.