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

 
Cecilia Gummeson
1 year ago

I am very, very thankful to all of you who take time and have the courage to take action to document and inform the general public about such cold blooded execution of seals. I have hopes that greed will one day become as distant as the most distant star in the universe. I HOPE!

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

ES DEMASIADO DOLOROSO, TANTO LA FORMA EN COMO MUEREN ESTAS HERMOSAS CRIATURAS,COMO SABER QUE" EXISTEN UNOS POCOS" SERES HUMANOS TAN INCONCIENTES Y CRUELES , ANTE MILLONES DE NOSOTROS QUE NO LOS DEFENDEMOS

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

It's a shame !! That occurs in a theorical advanced country........please, think about !!!

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I cannot watch this. I just get so angry! How can someone do this?! Heartless, absolutely no care for life!

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

la avaricia de recursos arruinara a la humanidad y es muy injusta para todos los seres vivos

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Can you please put your resourses into educating the people of the Atlantic Provinces rather than going after the Canadian Government. It is the general attitude towards what the fishing community regards as a "'pest'' that you should be addressing. I have to wonder why the IFAW keeps barking up the wrong tree. The Atlantic Provinces do not want to compete with seals for their livelyhood(fishing). The Government of Canada, regardless of who is in power at the time, will not risk losing support in the East Coast and NFL/Lab. The World knows how futile this hunt is but somehow the message is not getting through to the people to whom it really matters, the fishing community of Eastern Canada.

Sharon Cameron, Whitby Ontario
IFAW supporter.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

It is the most wonderful thing to see that there are other people who care and act - Thank you!!
I will never understand how mankind can destroy other beings in the first playce....

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

as far as im concerned all canadians are seal killers and any women who wears fur are no better the those who do the killing. there is enough man made material to make clothes from

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