Will there be a hunt this year?
So the 2007 Canadian seal hunt may not take place in the southern Gulf...this story in the Canadian Guardian reports the following:
CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) - Fisheries officials are urging seal hunters to be patient as they decide whether there are enough seals and ice in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence for a hunt this year.
Fisheries Department spokesman Phil Jenkins says the ice is poor in the southern Gulf around the Magdalen Islands and there's a higher-than-normal mortality of seal pups.
He says it's not certain a hunt can take place this year in the southern Gulf, which is the area that traditionally gives rise to the most controversy because it is accessible to observers and seal hunt protesters.
At the same time, one of our staffers received this note...
Dear IFAW co-workers,
This letter is directed to the people who will leave to Canada this year to capture the seal slaughtering on camera. I hope these words will reach them. I can’t even image how horrible it must be to see the slaughtering in real; I get tears in my eyes when I only think about it. However; it is very important to use video material to confront people with the facts of life. Filming these is a job for animal lovers, but yet for them the hardest. Therefore I want to express my gratitude to you by means of this letter. I wish you all the strength on this difficult trip. Let’s pray that this cruelty to seals will soon be finally over!
Well looks like we may not have to this year...but you never know, these predictions turn on a dime...stay tuned!