Waste and cruelty are endemic at the commercial seal hunt

I get asked a lot why IFAW travels to the ice each year to document the commercial seal hunt. Many people believe the commercial hunting of seals is justifiable--even desirable--and question why we even bother. But after 11 years of bearing witness to the slaughter, I cannot recall a single year in which we’ve not seen terrible suffering, callous waste and needless harm.

2012 was a tough year, not because we saw a tremendous amount of killing, but because we knew the killing was happening and we just did not have the resources to reach it. The range of our helicopters simply could not get us to the areas where, at last count, more than 30,000 seals have been killed. On the few boats we did see, we documented seals shot and suffering, before being clubbed and skinned. Even worse was the knowledge that this year, the government is funding the slaughter so that skins can be put into stockpile – “to address market demands as they arise”.

We have reached a critical point in history where there are few markets remaining for seal products, and given the trivial nature of luxury seal products, it seems unlikely that this demand will increase any time soon. The sealing industry appears to be dying--and with only 225 fishermen taking part last year, there is no better time to bring this chapter of Canadian history to a close.

I encourage you to watch the video, share it with others and speak out against the commercial seal hunt. If we stand together, we can--and will--make the seal hunt history.

--SF

Comments: 18

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

This type of barbaric treatment of animals must stop, the time is now, right now

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

This is 2012 and there still out there killing for what reason? The fashion industry. This is a horrible industry I know been in it. I was told to put a fur coat on to walk down the runway by a famous fashion designer at the last minute I walked off my job. Of course never modeled for him again. They do not care all they care about is the money. The people that buy the fur must see how it gets there must see the killing. What people see has an effect. What they hear is forgotten quickly. Seeing is believing and the public must see this over and over. I am shocked that a Country like Canada lowers its country's image and people to this. They are loosing respect in the world like China is.

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

Seals lose their white coats after two weeks. At that point they are eligible to be hunted. So, yes, they are still seal pups.

Fish stocks are depleted only due to human activity - overfishing - and human overpopulation - consumption. The world has been around for hundreds of millions of years relegating itself through natural cycles. Only in the past century have fish stocks been depleted due only to human activity and human overpopulation.

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

Long live the hunt! : ))

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

By the way, they do not kill seal pups, they are not aloud to sell those anywhere... get yours facts straight.

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

You people are the most in educated ignorant humans on this planet. Why don't you be concerned with the thousand of cattle that are slaughtered everyday, the horrible way that chickens are raised and killed. Oh, that's right. They aren't cute and innocent so who cares.... these seals are very over populated and putting massive dents in the fish stocks, why do you have to cause the people who's livelihood is fishing so much trouble. Grow up, its blood on the ice, there is no need to cry over it. How do you think humans have been able to live, its not from picking grass and eating it, its from hunting. Seriously get your facts straight, these animals are shot, like all kinds of other animals, why don't you make videos on those being hunted, again its because they aren't cute. These men are on ice flows, risking their lives and do not need some snobby people from somewhere else who has no idea what is going on over here to follow them around.

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

I agree with fellow commenter that u should use resources to educate atlantic people, let them know the real effect and waste behind this exercise.
Supporter

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

This is so disturbing. What can I do to help stop this?

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

I'm shocked by this video!We must stop this horror!

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

This must STOP. It's so upsetting. Thanks to Sheryl, and to all the IFAW team for all the hard work that they do. And for trying to make the world a better place. Please god, it will end soon. To every woman in the world: Please STOP wearing fur.

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