IFAW 2008 Seal Hunt News Coverage

Seal_hunt Sealing begins in St. Lawrence, from The Globe and Mail

"The seal hunt opened yesterday with activists and journalists complaining they were prevented from witnessing the action because of foot-dragging by officials.

"...Yesterday, federal fisheries officials waited half a day before issuing observer permits to activists and journalists, handing them out after noon, when the weather made flying in helicopters almost impossible.

"One group of activists with the International Fund for Animal Welfare managed to fly out to film some scenes of the hunt's opening day. But journalists from several major international and European news organizations, and representatives of the Humane Society of the United States, were unable to make it to the ice floes."

Seal slaughter 'censored by Canada', from The Press Association (UK)

"Canada's annual commercial seal hunt has got under way amid claims animal welfare groups and media were being prevented from monitoring the killing.

"The Canadian government has set a quota allowing hunters to shoot and club to death 275,000 seals, and has said new regulations will make the hunt more humane.

"But the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) said representatives waiting for permits to monitor what was happening on the ice had been told that none would be issued until the hunt had started.

"Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans had also refused to hand out permits to members of the media until the hunt was under way, Ifaw said."

Activists dispute new rules make seal hunt humane, from CTV News

"The International Fund for Animal Welfare said Thursday that a new regulation that requires hunters to bleed seals before skinning them 'makes no real changes to the way seals can be killed.'

"Under new federal regulations, hunters will be required to sever the arteries under each flipper, thereby ensuring the animals are dead before being skinned.

"But Sheryl Fink, a senior IFAW researcher, said the new regulations call only for 'bleeding to be conducted at some point.'

"'Now that I have seen the actual text of the new condition of licence, I'm left speechless by its inadequacy,' Fink said in a release."

Comments: 2

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

PLEASE TURN THE CAPS LOCK OFF.
That is, so your rant becomes even slightly readable.
Now, hopefully you realize people don't do this for fun, they do this to pay the bills. I doubt any sealer would choose that over any reasonable alternative, except there isn't one. Would you rather pay for his family's supper? What's going to happen to these people when you take away their jobs? Would you rather they starve to save some animals?
matthew4@gmail.com, send me some hatin' if you will.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

JUST WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT THE FISHERMEN REALLY NEED PROGESIONAL ASSISTANCE DOCTOR'S HELP, AS THE WAY THEY ARE KILLING AND SLAUGHTERING ANOTHER ANIMALS OR HUMAN BEING FOR MONEY IS SOMETHING THAT MADE PEOPLES OF EUROPEAN UNION, AUSTRALIA, UNITED STATES AND MEXICO LEFT SHOCKED AND OUTRAGED AGAINST THIS WAY OF LEAVING.
FOR PRADA, AND VERSACE AND OTHER DESIGNERS TO SUPPORT AND TO SELL PRODUCTS INCLUDING SEAL FUR JACKETS WITH CRAZY AND ENEOURMOUS AND UNREALISTIC PRICES FOR THEIR OWN PROFIT IS REALLY REALLY SHOCKING AND SICK.
WATCHING PRADA WEBSITE AND OTHERS WE ARE SHOCKED WITH PRICES WHO IS GOING TO BUY THIS PRODUCTS. SOMEONE INTELLIGENT, UNIVERSITY EDUCATED AND SMART PERSON IS NOT GOING TO BUY PRODUCT OF SEVERAL THOUSAND EUROS OR DOLARS.
YOU ARE REALY WILD SALVAGE AND FULL OF ANGER. MOST AND MANY MORE COUNTRIES WILL BAN IMPORT OF SEAL PRODUCTS.
AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED FISHING AND KILLING YOUNG SEALS FOR MONEY NOT FOR THEY OWN FOOD LIKE ONE OR TWO SPECIES THEY GOT WHAT THE MATURE NATURE DOES TO KILLERS AND DESTROYERS OF EARTH NATURE.
THE MOTHER NATURE IS GOING TO REDUCE NUMBER OF THIS SORT OF PEOPLES. SO WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND AND THEY HAVE GOT WHAT THEY DESERVED. THE MOTHER NATURE WILL FIGHT AGAINST THE PEOPLES LIKE THIS ANYWAY. THE MONEY IS NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.
SO SOON THEY WILL DIE OF HUNGER COLD OR WHATEVER.

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