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

all i can say is..... SICK!!! how could anybody do that?

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

I must admit that I had no knowledge of this brutal and horrific manner of murdering seal pups until I saw a similar photograph (on Tumblr) two days ago. The photograph has brought tears streaming down my face. I simply can not fathom why humans can be so cruel. Anyway, I will try to make efforts to decrease the amount of harm felt by these precious seal pups.

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!! BAN THE SPORT!! THIS IS JUST BEYOND HORRIBLE!! ANIMALS SHOULD NOT BE TREATED LIKE THIS ESPECIALLY THE BABIES!

 
Anonymous
6 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 and in this manner makes it barbaric, atrocious and sick. This is a horrible practice and something you might have expected to have happened 200 years ago but not in today’s time and age. Canada, Please put a stop to this practice now. This is truly inhumane. Cruelty to animals makes me cry for all of GOD’S creatures.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Dirt(user) is really mean, this picture is terrible. it really makes you think about how humans really hurt animals in all kinds if ways

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

OMG! it is terrible what they do to these little creatures! what do sealers feel when they do this? NOTHING! it's a cruel world we live in, and this does not make it any better. :(

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

i hae how ever does this to seals it is sick the seal hasnt done anything to the man why kill it i aboulte hate peolpe like this cruel sick twisted man

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

This is the most terrible picture. I started crying when I saw it. I hope someone hurts that man like he is hurting the seal pups. He does not deserve anything.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

This picture is just appalling! How could someone do that to a little innocent thing like that. This should be looked at closer and anyone who does it should be punished!!!!!

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA GET IM!!!!!!

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