Breaking News: 270,000 Seals About To Be Slaughtered
News has just come in from Canada, where the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has announced the number of seals allowed to be killed this year during the Canadian seal hunt.
In his message, the Minister addresses the issue of minimal ice conditions, however I'm interested to hear how you feel about the Minister's position on this issue.
In recent years, the government has set the yearly TAC around 300,000 animals, a number well above the sustainable levels estimated by its own scientists. This year, despite poor ice conditions that could result in 100% natural seal pup mortality, the government is continuing to ignore the scientific evidence provided by its own scientists by setting the TAC at 270,000 animals.
“Unfortunately, the Canadian government continues to put politics ahead of science by refusing to adopt a precautionary approach when managing the seal hunt,” said IFAW Senior Researcher Sheryl Fink. “Given the lack of seals due to very high natural mortality this year, it's incredibly disappointing that the Canadian government is moving forward with the hunt – and a hunt for as many as 270,000 seals.“
We are now waiting to hear what the start date will be for the hunters to begin the annual slaughter.