Hunt Continues in the Northern Gulf

Blog_pic_3 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. 

Comments: 7

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

To all of you out there fighting for the seals. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!! And to the people who think it is the same as a cow or chicken. GET A GRIP!!! They are not eating the seals they are skinning them and throwing their bodies to the ice to rot. There is no need for this. Until this stops I will fight tooth and nail and those of you who praise this BURN IN HELL!!!

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Yes, the sealers can be provide of themselves; read the following from the IFAW seal hunt monitors about the atrocities committed by the sealers and weep:
"A sealer near us quickly clubbed every seal within a small radius to immobilize each of the pups, and then dragged the bodies to the center of his circle. One by one he flipped a seal on its back and skinned it. If the seal flipped around or fought against the skinning he'd flip it back to its stomach, club it several more times and then finish the skinning." -- IFAW Hunt Monitor
And I used to think that Canadians were so much more progressive and civilized - guess not, eh?

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

ironic isn't it....the seal hunt off the coast of Newfoundland & especially Labrador is a failure mainly because THERE'S TOO MUCH ICE....sealers couldn't get out...now they can't get in.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

PS: Chris, may you choke on your seal meat, and the next time you wear your sealskin; be very careful; you just might get clubbed!

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

here's a differant approach to the hunters if you keep killing the seal at the rate you do and if Global Warming is happening like it is suppose to my calculation is that there will be no more seals , you basterds have all ready over fished the cod stocks. So where does that leave you . On your hands and knee's looking to the government , think again .

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Many, many thanks to the caring people who suffer the horrible sights to help spread word about this terrible, unnecessary slaughter!!!!
Please know your work and suffering is one of the strongest attempts to help save as many of these darling, innocent babies as possible. I will pass this info on to people who will, hopefully, do the same to help support your quest. Bless You all!!!!!

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

I think the cruelty and large scale killing of these baby seals is unconscionable.

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