IFAW 2008 Seal Hunt - Photo of the Day - 3.29.08

Hunt_drag_shoot_3_30_08This image of a sealer dragging a bleeding seal across the ice while another sealer takes aim at a different pup was taken on day two of the Canadian commercial seal hunt. 

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Comments: 30

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

I am revolted that this shameful hunt always exist in 2008 in Canada. What shame for the Canadian government which authorizes it simply for profit. Let us continue to fight against one of the biggest scandal of our time, I am sure that we shall win one day. Courage, all together. Gilles - France

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Sure there are other jobs. Cutting trees, drilling for oil, catching more already-depleted fish. Are you willing to promote those?
Yes, there's eco-tourism; plenty already exists there. But the tourist season (summer) is about two months long...a short period to make a year's income on. As for seal tourism, I doubt enough people will make the long trek across land and sea in Canadian winter to make it profitable.
I don't like sealing. But I don't hate sealers.
From studying and visiting Newfoundland, I agree with Matt about the people there. They do not do this for fun. They are proud, and will not stop just because somebody else says to. And they are humans. NOT EVIL MONSTERS.
I don't know if sealing is sustainable. It sure doesn't look painless to the seals. I personally wish it didn't happen. But it sickens me to see so much hate here.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

However, Steven Outhouse, spokesman for Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn, said the federal government would not be taking Kangas up on her offer.
"Besides the fact that most within the industry say it's worth more than $16 million ... and notwithstanding the fact that this is an annual income, I don't know whether she was planning to offer $16 million a year for the next decade or if this was a one-time deal or what have you,'' he said.
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060407/pamela_seal...
Is she going to provide 16 million a year indefinitely? I never heard any mention of that. You can't just stop the hunt for one year by buying people off. If you want to do it, give the people 20 years worth of money! Hmm, wait, NO OFFERS OF THAT!

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Matt, lets try to stick with facts shall we, it's a $16 million dollar industry, and lets not forget that the industry is subsidized by the government as well. Who do you think has to pay for the search and rescue missions, locating the nursery and directing the boats, "monitoring" of activities and killing, the cost of the legal teams now fighting EU's proposal to ban the import and the delegation over there arguing for the hunt etc. Who do you think pays for that? Oh that's right, the tax payers pay for that.
Whales....eh no, the eco tourism was a suggestion to promote and yes, help advertise the seal nursery for visitors around the world. I'm not sure you're a travel & tourism major, I believe you said physics in another post but I can assure you that in the general scheme of things, $16 millions aren't that much.
But since you consider yourself to be so wise, explain to me why the offer was declined. You said the hunt was an economic necessity for the sealers, I'd like to know then why, the offer to create a change was declined.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Supplemental income that has been estimated at 30% for some fishermen. Even if it's far less, that little extra bit is what makes the difference between paying off the boat and losing it.
Eco-tourism... I doubt very much it can provide thousands of dollars per person. There aren't that many whales around, and what? Do you think people will be interested in seals once the animal rights people take the spotlight off the hunt? Would they give us free advertising?

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

If my only options were to club seals or sign up for welfare, I can assure you I would take the latter.
However, that's not what we're talking about here. If this was just an economical problem, the offer made by Ms. Kangas should have been accepted. That was not welfare; it was a program that would be developed to buy back sealing licenses and launch eco-tourism. This would replace the seal hunt where the sealers would have an opportunity to earn even more money as tour guides.
So don't give me your crap saying without sealing, all the families would go under. It is after all, only a small supplemental income.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Like I said, there ARE no more sources of income without uprooting their entire families. Foreign (and local) overfishing largely destroyed cod stocks so now the basis of life in these communities has pretty much disappeared.
If somebody came up to you and offered you welfare for the rest of your life, no work required, would you accept? I sure wouldn't.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

God forbid these people find another source of income, just like anyone else that's laid off, fired, injured on a job etc. Do you seriously believe that we should put pride before humanity? Oh yes, wait, I'm sorry Mr. Sealer, go ahead and slowly kill this young pup, don't worry about doing it humanely, we know you have your pride...........
Yes, offers HAVE been made to buy out the industry but as you can see, it's been declined. Why is that? If the seal hunt is crucial to their survival and someone offers to pay them to stop, why not stop? Obviously, they enjoy it.
Your argument about lions eating soy and wolves killing deer are just plain ignorant. There is a difference between nature and profit and I'm surprised that you fail to see that.
I can assure you Matt, I will NEVER support savagery, abuse and torture - for ANY species and neither will anyone else that stands up against this issue.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

"Saving" the seals will reduce the ability of some outport fishermen to pay the upkeep on their boats and pay their debts. It's by no means a large industry ($16.5 million according to the federal government in 2005 - http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/sealhunt/ ), but it's not spread out across a large amount of people. Without that income, those several thousand sealers will have to find another suitable source of income. Unfortunately, Newfoundland outports aren't known for their strong economies and the only real option is to take their families and leave (They also come from proud families and traditions and will generally refuse handouts like a complete buyout of the industry). The outports are dying fast enough as is, forcing sealers to move is not a smart decision.
Another argument I've stated...SOMEWHERE around here.. is that if you compare the amount of animal suffering caused by humans directly to the amount of suffering by animals in general, you'll find that nature is all about pain and suffering, throughout history!
It's really the way of things.
Now, are you going to train a lion to eat soy? The amount of suffering any other wild animal causes is comparable to humans as a species (except for the coming global warming and pollution problems).. Long after humans are gone, there will still be carnivorous fun going on and nobody will be able to save animals from being snacks then.
So you say, at least we can prevent suffering from going on now... well, we can manage these resources and prevent extinction, so the seals will continue to exist, but given the literally billions of years of life, this will not matter in the end. As in math, the limit to infinity of 1/x is 0. That's how much this is going to do. Nothing.
So, with proper management of stocks of course, support your fellow species!

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

That's fine, but in this case, it doesn't clash with human rights. Just because someone makes a living off something (even a small portion like this), doesn't make it ethical, humane, right etc.
And even if it did, it should be conducted humanely and you yourself agree that the sealers do not comply, making it inhumane.

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