Canadian Seal Hunt Begins Again
“This cruel and unnecessary hunt is a mismanaged mess,” said Olivier Bonnet, IFAW’s Canadian director.
“DFO is utterly incapable of effectively regulating and managing this slaughter. Repeatedly sealers take more than the quota and DFO lets it happen. Combined with the extreme cruelty we witness every year and raging negative publicity for Canada, the time has come to finally end the seal hunt and move on.”
Canada’s commercial seal hunt has two phases – the Gulf hunt and the Front hunt. For 2006, the Gulf hunt quota was 92,343 seals. DFO announced yesterday that sealers have so far killed 108,653 seals - 16,310 seals over the quota.
The quota for the Front hunt is 232,657 seals. Most of this hunt begins by being open for one day, and then DFO assesses whether it will re-open. The Front hunt is an extremely competitive, reckless environment that is known to be extremely difficult to regulate and monitor by authorities.
“We are very worried about the level of cruelty that we are going to see today,” said Regina Flores, IFAW’s seals campaigner. “As IFAW, our role is to show the world that this is happening and encourage everyone to pressure the Canadian government to end it once and for all.”