Photo of the Week: A sealer moves in to kill a seal pup

Photo of Week is a feature that highlights the work IFAW does around the world everyday to rescue orphaned, injured, or mistreated animals.

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On the frozen ice of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, a sealer moves in to kill a seal pup with a hakapik -- a spiked club. Canada allows the controversial hunting of seal pups and 95% of the seals killed are younger than 3 months old. The hunt takes place annually in the spring. Last year the Canadian government set a quota allowing up to 335,000 seals to be killed. The hunt will run this year through mid-April.

Once again, IFAW will be sending a team of observers to document and expose abuses of the hunt and press for an end to this cruel, unsustainable slaughter. To learn more, visit www.stopthesealhunt.com.

Comments: 33

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

"Possibly SKINNED EVEN WHILE IT's CONSCIOUSNESS IS UNDERGOING SUCH A PAINFUL EFFECT OF IT's INABILITY TO REVERSE THIS WHOLE PROCESS OF NOT JUST it's"
Why on Earth would anyone try to skin an animal while it was alive? It would thrash around, and you could accidentally damage the pelt.
That being said, the hakapik is actually a really efficient killing tool, and harp seals are very common and not remotely endangered. A walrus or a polar bear wouldn't provide nearly as quick a death for the little guys.

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

i wish the same dies the same way dis seal did (if it did) and i would pray to god for the same thing to happen to all the sealers and whalers and all other hunters of the world. Canadian govt. has got to be ashamed of its ignorance.Imagine this happening to your kids!!!

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

OMG! THATS THE SICKEST MOST IDIOTIC CRUEL THING I HAVE EVER SEEN! yes ivan you ARE brave, but how could you like this sport? and dirt, YOU STINK! GO EAT SOME DIRT! and that guy in the picture, he should be beaten with a club :(

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

What really is sad is that this man is possibly quite kind to his baby and has a wife and coddles his baby and never will he ever exchange that picture of his baby being clubbed. If he did even then perhaps it does not stop him from attacking a real being like a defenseless SEAL.
IS IT A SENSE OF HARD HEARTEDNESS, THE INABILITY TO SOFTEN THEMSELVES IN THIS LIMELIGHT.
These guys are quite intelligent and one should think that if we give them the credit for their intelligence they will change. MAYBE !!! It is more from within.
JUST AT THAT MOMENT. ONE SHOULD BRING A LIFELIKE BABY and HAVE THE GUY MISTAKENLY TRY TO SWING THIS AT A BABY...A HUMAN BABY...see that is not going to make any difference, the problem is within. HE HAS NO FEELING TOWARDS ANYONE.
"CLUBBING THE BABY SEAL"..it is so easy to type...imagine that lost bewildered GOD's beautiful CREATURE- SO BEAUTIFUL, really unable to fathom why are species of BEINGS so called better than these SPEECHLESS BEINGS SO HEARTLESS. WHY IS THE SEAL HUNTER DEVOID OF WHAT THIS SEAL UNDERGOES. It is the INNOCENCE OF THE SEALS BEWILDERING HEARTRENDING CONDITION. This poor living breathing, Feeling being & these poor SEAL BEINGS feel pain, loss, sadness, separation, happiness, and many other finer aspects of consciousness which only beings whom we do not really understand and club them for fur or eat them as veal or eat them as meat is just perceived as a SOFT FLUBBY MEAT OBJECT, Possibly SKINNED EVEN WHILE IT's CONSCIOUSNESS IS UNDERGOING SUCH A PAINFUL EFFECT OF IT's INABILITY TO REVERSE THIS WHOLE PROCESS OF NOT JUST it's (this particular SEAL's SOUL CONSCIOUSNESS PAINFUL & Extraordinarily CRUEL DEPARTURE but the collective feelings of violation) and the aspect of FEELING EITHER ANGER OR RETRIBUTION OR EVEN FURTHER HOW IS A MERCIFUL GOD/MOTHER NATURE LETTING SUCH ABOMINATION OF SUCH PAINFUL PROCESS FOR MOTHER NATURE's INNOCENTS -
THE SEAL PUP IS NOT THREATENING TO MAN - it perhaps lives off of FISH & Smaller creatures in it's environment. IS the guy above and all those Canadian HUNTERS (usually all white male) A POOR DEMON(S) who have NO OTHER WAY TO EKE A LIVING IN THE MIGHTY WEST OF MATERIAL MODERN CIVILIZATION.
The above AGENCY WHO WAS THERE SEEMS TO WATCH THIS WITHOUT BATTING AN EYELID IN THE AFTERMATH OF THAT GUYS NEXT SECOND OF THE CAMERAS EXPOSURE OF THE REAL INCIDENT. IT IS INDEED SO SAD AND SO UPSETTING. IF ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN AND ALL SEAL PUPS & FAMILIES GO TO HEAVEN WHERE DO THESE INTELLIGENT MONSTERS GO
What about importing WHEAT FROM THE CANADIAN WHEAT BASKET FARMLANDS. WHAT ABOUT BUILDING GREEN HOUSES WHICH WILL GROW LIMITLESS PLANTS & VEGETABLES masking Canada's growth of vegetables to sell to world markets.
ALSO SNOW CASTLES might be a practical solution since it is in the arctics anyways and there are millions of tourist dollars which can be made with CLEVER ADVERTISING & PRAYERS TO GOD TO LET THIS BE THE MOMENTOUS TIME, WHEN ECONOMIES AROUND THE WORLD WOULD REJUVANIZE & REGAIN THE MOMENTUM.
WHY can't everyone's CONSCIOUSNESS TAKE THE DEEP DIVE TO CHANGE FROM WITHIN AND BE KIND WITH FEELINGS to each and EVERY CREATURE on the OUTSIDE & THINK OF WAYS TO END THIS MASSIVE SAD AWFUL "SLAUGHTER"(what a terminology).
BUILDING SNOW CASTLES WITH GLASS VIEWING MIRRORS, POURING JUICE OF ALL KINDS IMPORTED FROM BALI TO INDONESIA, and mixing some ABYSNTHE (recently unbanned in the US and techniques to revive ABSYNTHE) & other Juices to bring ROMANTIC COUPLES FOR WINTER VACATIONING SPOTS IN THE CANADIAN ARCTIC...IT IS REALLY POSSIBLE. HAVEA THEM VIEW THE SEAL PUPS AND SEE, if they can possibly offer Really ROMANTIC GETAWAYS FOR COUPLES & FAMILIES TO MEET THESE SEALS FROM AFAR and ENJOY THEIR PRESENCE FEELING LOVE AND KINDNESS & BLISS OF BEINGS LIVING IN SUCH GOD's LOVE OF HAPPINESS & CONTENTMENT
IMAGINE IF LAS VEGAS CAN BLOOM IN A DESERT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWWHERE, then PERHAPS AN ICE CASTLE CAN BLOOM IN CANADA. CANADA CAN CHANGE THE MINDSET OF THE POPULATION AND TAKE THIS ONE STEP FURTHER....BUILD THAT IS SOMETHING LIKE A PROJECT OF LIVING ON MARS- BUILDING GREENHOUSE- SELF SUBSISTENT FARMING IN THE ARCTICS and INVITE BEINGS FOR TOURIST DOLLARS Since DOllars is so all mighty and that is also attractive as much as NON-VIOLENCE and changing these guy's inner landscape.

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

Why are they killing the SEAL PUPS in the first place. Why can't they NOT take UP another profession or go Vegetarian. Why are they so ADAMANT about changing their VALUE & CONSCIOUSNESS. PEOPLE are intelligent humans...what is this !!!! have descended purposefully to iceage cave dwellers for even real ice age cave dwellers in the Eastern Hemishphere of Ancient Times are now found eternally situated in the Himalayan Mountains as Masters, Sages Rishis who subsist on Divine Light. What (these beings) White men who know all about them (Eternal Sages)just want to keep pretending to be their opposite when they are quite capable of changing their internal makeup of this hard hearted nonsense of killing their own kind. They know quite well that it is NOT A NECESSITY to HUNT AT ALL.
a. THEY CAN BRING ICE CASTLES Like in Sweden or Iceland & invite Tourists to come.
b. They could invite some GOD REALIZED BEING TO COME TO THESE CANADIAN ARCTICS & SHOW THEM HOW TO MEDITATE ON BARE ICE WITHOUT ANY ATTIRE -
- which sadly seems to be a bigger challenge since these SEAL HUNTERS (WHITE MEN) HAVE NEVER CHALLENGED THEMSELVES--- HOW TO GO NAKED ON ICE & MEDITATE WITH JUST A LOIN CLOTH INVITING A GREAT BEING, WHO Can FLOOD THEIR INNER CORE with SUCH BLISSFUL GOD CONSCIOUS AWAKENING WITHIN THEM THAT SEALS WOULD come like babies filled with Love to these same men THEM AND THEY WOULD IN TURN FEEL SO MUCH LOVE FROM SEALS (pups & families), & Likewise TOWARDS THEM AS WELL.
GOD KNOWS HOW TO KEEP THE SEAL COLONY Population in beautiful numbers WITHOUT MAN(-UN-)KIND's INTERVENTION.
AFTER GETTING A GOD REALIZED BEING LIKE BABAJEE FROM HIMALAYAS, THE CANADIAN GOVT. can see the REMARKABLE CHANGES WITHIN THEIR OWN POPULATION AND SEE HOW THINGS CHANGE ON THE EXTERNAL & THERE WILL STILL BE ABUNDANCE OF VARIETIES OF FOOD & CLOTHING & LOVE WITHOUT KILLING SEALS & making a BIG BLOOD FLOW 300,000. That is a lot of KILLING OF BENIGN BEINGS In their Beloved RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IN GOD GIVEN SURROUNDINGS. When such God Realization is awakened from within they lovingly look at them......give them (THE SEAL POPULATION) so much love....pray that these beings will multiply and be content & not harm them AT ALL. Since Seals are part of the Divine Creation and will not overpopulate. Why do white men have to take such a role to punish themselves and their own beloved Seals. Are they really that they are really stupid, & like to be barbaric idiots. Why are they not EVOLVING FROM THE SOUL ASPECT. There is nothing called or Known as SENSIBLE HUMANE KILLING. Humane means NOT KILLING ...So using HUMANE MEANS NON-VIOLENCE OR NON-KILLING. Killing another being is NOT SENSIBLE OR PRACTICAL Or CIVILIZED. It is Barbaric when they can really be more GOD CONSCIOUS and be LIKE THE HIMALAYAN MASTERS Who can bring such satisfaction by not beating, making them bleed within their hearts (the seal pups)...These beings are so childlike and they are like Rishis and Sages and these guys come and kill them with the blessing of the CANADIAN GOVT and other agencies who are not really looking at the root of the problem . These WHITE MEN are quite capable of becoming Gentle Rishis & Sages feeling such infinite LOVE, BLISS THROUGH YEARS OF INNER MEDITATION that these beloved beings will look so beautiful if they could give them so much Love and instead of feeling scared to the depths the seals and their families can live in harmony. Balance of nature was in God's fine Will before the arrival of these Demons and Morons masking as WhiteMEN.
Why are they so ADAMANT...It is going to change and these same guys will be kissing the SEAL PUPS deep within their hearts inviiting the Love of Seal PUPS and they will bring so much LOVE AND BENIGN GODs AWAKENING IN TIME TO REVERT THIS EXTERNAL DEMONIAC PRETEND VIRTUE WHICH CAN BE COMPLETELY REMOVED BY GOD.
It is sad...that this what evolution of white man is all about...Go about and play GOD in the Devils aspect....where God is completely aware of How to make these so called SEAL HUNTERS AND THE CANADIAN GOVT. and Many other Beings (who seem to encourage this VICARIOUS BEHAVIOR) to become so HELPLESS in their HEARTS & SOUL CONSCIOUSNESS that DIVINITY WILL START THRUSTING IT's ENERGY OF LIVING IN HARMONY WHICH WHITE MEN & MEN/Women of ALL CIVILIZATIONS are QUITE CAPABLE OF UNDERSTANDING & DEVELOPING (RIGHT IN THIS TIME & Age)
How uncivilized, uncouth & barbaric & truly UNCIVILIZED. WHAT A COVERUP......,SHEEEEEEEEES
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Praying for the entire change on the outside realm of the Entire Universe as the change is from within

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

fuck this shit

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

I think that this barbaric slaughtering of defenseless aquatic mammals is simply inhumane. Animal cruelty such as this isn't tolerated in the States so why is Canada allowing itself to be portreyed as such an atrocious fiend? The difference in making this into a excusable act and it being a brutal act of entertainment is what makes this event acceptable. For their main purpose in this being entertainment, it makes the entire thing wrong in the eyes of the many that notice. So therefore, I definately agree with the millions who think this sport should be banned.

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

why do people do this? this is cruel and un-humane! they should be ashamed of themselves!!!!

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

I agree with you Ivan and I think that you are very brave for speaking your mind in a place which is as un accepting of other people's beliefs and thoughts. I just wish there were more people like you in the world who were courageous and fearless! Kudos, my friend, Kudos.

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

What a brave macho man to take a club to such a vicious animal (Just being sarcastic for some whom may take that statement wrong). Canada needs to stop this sick act of allowing these poor defenseless animals to be killed

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