IFAW 2008 Seal Hunt Press Coverage

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  Canadian seal hunters bemoan low prices, from UPI

"Some Canadian seal hunters in Newfoundland say they aren't sure low pelt prices and high gas costs make going to sea worthwhile later this month.

"While hunting resumed Monday off New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the upcoming hunt along Newfoundland's northeastern shore isn't as appealing to seasonal fishermen, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported."

More training needed for sealers: vet, from CBC News

"New rules adopted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to ensure seals are killed humanely should be accompanied by better training for sealers, says a member of the veterinary panel that looked into the issue.

"A group of nine veterinarians from Canada, the U.S. and Europe met in August 2005 to look at ways to minimize or eliminate suffering of animals during the seal hunt. One of the recommendations was a three-step process for killing, including bleeding the animal after it has been clubbed or shot."

Reader is against the seal hunt, from the Coaster

"I am asking you at take a hard look at yourselves and your leaders. Why are you allowing a barbaric act such as the clubbing to death of baby animals in the presence of their mothers to take place in your community? Babies that have not yet had a chance to take their first swim.

"It is not going to provide you with any long lasting solutions for your life long problems: for example; high unemployment, lack of training and opportunities. Rather "clubbing" your local politicians will bring about these positive changes. If politicians started to do their job, think creatively and work, it would help you to find dignifying work and repair Canada's image."

Comments: 68

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Lets try to be a little factual then Matt, this is NOT their livelyhood, this is suppletmental income. Just because someone makes a living on something doesn't make it right. Slavery used to be legal as well, as was sending chilren down coal mines- should we still be doing this since many people relied on that income?
I also have news for you Matt, people are laid off, fired etc everyday in this world and they have to find alternative ways to make money. Just because these uneducated cavemen have few other stills than to club baby seals and skin them alive doesn't mean the world will condone a massive slaughter. Stop whining like a bunch of babies and do something with your life. If you can't find a job where you live, well newsflash - MOVE. Just like everyone else.
In fact, what the DFO should have been doing all along (and which may have changed how it's viewed) is to make sure the rules are followed, that seals aren't skinned alive or left to suffer, and the ones that don't comply, should have been charged and punished. Instead they are busy jerking the obververs around with stupid permits, blocking the EU delegation, arresting observers and sending delegations to Europe (paid for by tax money) to defend the hunt. Well, if it's so humane, why block the European delegation?
Since your beloved admirable DFO will not end this until the sealers themselves ask for it, it's up to the rest of the world to shut down markets. It's clear that you don't know much about economics yet but it will be a class, probably in your sophomore year. You will then learn about supply and demand and you will see that when demand is lowered and the supply remains the same, the prices will go down until there is no demand and the supply will be obsolete.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Yes,...and supplementary.... the Canadian Government should make the death screams of the baby seals and their mothers to Canada's new national anthem.....!!!

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

http://www.canis.info/interviews/paul_watson_deut...
It doesn't need German knowledge to look at the picture scrolling further down where it says:
"Canada adds a new event to the 2010 Winter Olympics"
A very sarcastic cartoon but so well expressed :-) and it just matches so wonderfully!

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

I do however think all animals are equal, and this is what balances out the food chain.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

All animal welfare issues here are emotion filled issues. IFAW are dedicated to so many animals, and release updated news posts, podcasts, filming on location, reports, photographs, photo galleries and many articles, animal rescues on orphaned animals etc. IFAW have an impact on national parks, they rescue dolphins, kangaroos, baby elephants, bears and so many other numerous animals, go on location in many conties.. Greece, Africa, China, India, Russia, America, etc. There is always something major in their press. It is the season for seal hunting, and obviously alot of people that care about animal welfare get concerned at this time, and so, yes, this is the time when we are going to see the latest filming, photos,etc.
I am really more intereted in addressing the issues being discussed here, as a concerned person on animal welfare, just as I would do with any other animal, regardless of how big or small the animal or its population may be.I certainly do not make any profits by supporting animal welfare myself. Neither am I here to make a profit, or help anyone make a profit, other than to use donated money to futher research and means to help animals like i said before.
As I was saying, on the subject of baby seal hunting...
The problem is with its industry for fur. The majority of people that buy fur products are people that can obviously afford to do so, and fur products dont come cheap, you only have to look at the fashion industry to see that. I certainly couldnt afford to buy fur products even if I wanted to. Its only more fortunate people that benefit from these fur products. Of course the government are making huge profits from this, why do the government not bring the meat into the industry more etc. I am sure there would be a demand for it. Also, there are enough starving people out there. I sure they would be glad of the meat seals have to offer rather than killing baby seals with not much of a cause. I am sure there would definately be not as much need to kill the baby seals. I blame the industry for letting an afforable food source for humans go to waste. I am sure this would work better in the interest of seal hunters, instead of leaving the meat behind for nothing.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

I am interested in the welfare of all animals, not just harp seals. If people did not take the time to do this, I am sure alot of animals would be mistreated. As this is the seal hunt forum, that is what I have been discussing. To say seals are just a very tiny part of the problem, so we should focus on it, is ignorant. Yes there will be big effects caused by global warming in the future.. and I support the concern for all this. The fact that animakls are starting to suffer already is obvious of course, and it is a problem that shouldnt be overlooked just because we have other big problems. That is no excuse. So seals are importaint, and are not an animal I am going to overlook, just because we have many other problems to deal with. I am concerned about many global warming effects and animals.. I certainly do not overlook these topics just because I am concerned about seals either. I see all animals as being equal, and I address enviromental issues with all animals. I am involved in many other animal welfare projects, and I continue to do so because I care about all animals.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

I do not believe that this is a humane way to kill seals. Now i know many other animals are killed inhumanely, cows, pigs etc. And yes these laws need to be changed for the welfare of animals also. I am not saying these cows, pigs etc, should not be used for meat etc, however I do bellieve alot needs to change in the way we treat these animals prior to being killed, and during/ methods used. No animals should have to go through any suffering. The argument that Matt etc. put foward on the IFAW site, about it being nature for animals to kill other animals cruely.. for example, how an eagle would rip its prey apart and how many other animals have what we would consider cruel ways of killing their prey, and that they do or may go through pain in the process of being killed by these other animals.... my argument is that we, are human, yes we are a type of animal ourselves, we are also the most intelligent and advanced. We are responsible for many things that nature cannot be responsible for, in terms of wildlife. For example global climate change (or global warming as its known). We have advanced so much that it has put alot of pressure on the enviroment, as we know. With our advancement comes mass production, commercial matters, industrial activities. We must take responsibility for our actions. Countries need to make more effort to recycle, monitor, cut back on as many ways as they can (and i am sure there are many ways this can be done). It is obvious there are alot of things that need to be regulated. For example, certain types of transport..buses etc are not regulated enough, deisel being one of the worst. This is just one example.
Humans must stop looking for exuses and except the fact that we have evolved so much that we need to take care of animals and not associate ourselves as animals act in the wild. Clearly the human race is very different, because of how and how fast we have developed. So yes, it is our responsibility to make sure we do not disturb wildlife as much as possible.
With the issue of meat etc., it is also our responsibility to make sure we do this respectfully, humanely, and as quickly as possible so that these animals are not in pain etc. We are the guardians of our wildlife, as we are responsible for the impact we have on it. And we should make sure we, as humans carry out the required methods needed for the welfare of all animals.
This is where the seal hunt ties in with what I am saying. We humans have a big enough impact with what we waste. The seal hunt does result in alot of waste. Now i know seal hunters in some parts of the world do need to make a living, and I know this is certainly true in remote areas, certainly where other types of meat/ foods need to be imported in because their areas of living are so remote. I know this because I am in a very remote area myself, and the futher you get, the more expensive the cost of living gets. Because of the scale of economy, things do need to change whether we like to admit it or not. Seal meat should not be wasted by law. It is the governments responsibility to make sure of this, as it should also be the governments responsibility to make sure fishermen get a decent pay on their catch and not keep getting undercut. I do not think that the fact, that baby seals are hunted for their fur, is the fault of the seal hunter, who needs to provide for his family etc. The problem is that there is a market for the seal fur and unfortunately the market for the meat is at the other end of the scale. So baby seals are favourable for the hunt. This waste encouages the fur trade - which is certainly not in the interest of animal welfare and other young, wild animals.
If the hunt was filmed for afew hours a day by a non bias organization, we would be able to say that information is collected in a non biased way, which would give a fair observation of the hunt. Clearly would show if regulations are being met, and if not, what the reasons are for this. Also would show how effective the method of killing is, and if animals are being respected, that no corners are being cut. We need to be making sure the process of killing seals is effective, and we should not be seeing cruelty, inexperience, or slinned bodies being left to waste. There is no need for this to happen, and it is certainly not part of our food chain. We do not need to be killing animals for other animals to feed on in the wild.
As said on National Geographic - Threats do seem to be emerging for harp seals. Global climate change, although not proven 100%, there seems to be a trend in recent years where the ice is becomming thinner. In history if you look back over time at the harp seals at the Gulf of St. L., the pack ice there in winter time was always extremely solid, Gulf was almost completelt frozen from one end to the other. But there has been a dramatic incline in the thickness and recent coverage of the ice in the recent 5 years. The most prevailing theory is that its effected by global climate change, and this is having a dramatic effect on pup mortality, distrupts the breeding season because the pups need at least 12 days with the mother to spend on solid ice, where they can nurse and build up thar fat and get healthy. If the ice is thin and being broken up because its thin by wind or waves, the current etc., then it is going to have a dramatic effect.
This is something we need to be keeping a close watch on, as I cant see the situation with climate change getting any better as it stands right now.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

*correction DFO

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Hours, mins, seconds, whatever. What was clearly seen with volume up or down on those video clips was inhumane. Clearly, these seals did not die humanely, which gives growing concern for the rest of them. We have no proof either from people who monitor the seal hunt. We are the ones trying to collect evidence. I dont see the DOFO providing hours of filming, or the government for that matter, seeing as they fund it. If it is so humane, why dont they show us that they practice what they preach.. from my experiences, I am still yet to see any visual evidence, I even saw some hunters hit the seals 6 times or more to kill them, even after the 1st time the seal would still try and drag itself away.. obviously still aware. Very few seals were actually bled before dragging back to their boats. I only saw 1 seal that was actually bled that whole day. So clearly regulations are not being carried out fully here, and I doubt this was the only day there were not carried out by what evidence I saw that day. Sadly, I was not allowed to film or take any photographs. If I had been, I would have gladly provided this site with hours of film. Still, I will go out again next year, to see if i can see any seals that do not go through suffering when being killed, I doubt very much though. It is quite obvious to me that the government are unaware (which i find very hard to believe) or are simply lying to us about the regulations that are supposed to be carried out during the seal hunt. I have not seen ny evidence that during the hunt, these seals have been treated with regulated conditions. All I have seen is statistics by the DOFO government who have every reason to give us "Propaganda".

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Are you truly naive to believe that the sea shepard society ifaw or any anti seal hunt agency will produce anything unbias in regard to the seal hunt. How many hours of footage did it take to make their 5 min you tube videos for example. If you actually went to the ice with fisherman and I do say if, and they were hunting inhumanly than those are the people you should be talking to in order to improve their way of doing things.

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