Hunt Continues in the Northern Gulf
Last night, I heard from my colleagues who had moved the hunt observation operation to Newfoundland to document the sealing activity in the northern gulf. The weather cleared finally and they were able to observe what is really going on out there. As I watched the footage back at our base in Charlottetown, what really struck me was the realization that if the team from IFAW wasn’t in the northern gulf filming all day long yesterday, the world would have no idea the kind of cruelty is really taking place off the coast of Newfoundland.
I am grateful that they are able to bring the reality of this unnecessary and unsustainable hunt to the public eye. Logistically, documenting the hunt is not easy work. It is hours spent anxiously scanning the gulf region looking for boats because the Department of Fisheries and Oceans won’t release the specific coordinates of where hunting is taking place. And it is witnessing cruelty first-hand and then having to watch the hours of tape to make sure we document every violation that has been seen. As this hunt continues, I am seeing the toll that it takes on our frontline team members. I have heard the changes in their voices – they are tired and obviously affected by what they are seeing. Yet they persevere.
Today, our team will not be heading out due to poor weather conditions. However, as early as tomorrow another area may open to hunting - the area they call the "Front" off the coast of Newfoundland. If that is the case, our team will do their best to get the helicopters up, find the hunt and document the cruelty in an effort to expose this hunt for what it really is - unacceptably inhumane.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare has been on the ice for over 30 years observing this hunt, documenting the cruelty and waste and fighting to bring an end once and for all. Join with us - take action and join our growing global online community of activists.